Frequently Asked Question

Ketamine Therapy Q&A

Ketamine is an intravenous (IV) anesthetic FDA approved for reducing pain during both surgery and diagnostic procedures. It works by altering brain activity to decrease pain sensations and pain memory.

More recently, doctors use low-dose ketamine infusions to assist in the management of psychiatric disorders.

 

Ketamine therapy refers to the off-label use of ketamine for the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy Center specializes in interventional psychiatry and offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for:

  • Severe or chronic depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Bipolar disorder

In addition to IV infusion of ketamine, Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy also offers Spravato™, a nasal spray that contains ketamine. It’s used in conjunction with oral antidepressants for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.

Though researchers are still investigating how ketamine works, it’s theorized that the medication blocks and activates certain receptors in the brain to alleviate symptoms. The medication may also reduce inflammation and improve communication in certain areas of the brain to improve function and mood.

To become a patient at our clinic we will need a referral completed by your current mental health provider or PCP and a copy of your last visit clinic notes. We will require that the referral be renewed on a monthly basis by your mental health provider or PCP. We take many factors into consideration when developing your personalized treatment plan. These factors include your diagnosis, the severity of your symptoms, and your treatment history.

Here is a link to a blank referral form as a PDF.

 

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic and pain relief medication in operating rooms for decades. It is a very safe depression medication in the hands of properly trained healthcare professionals. Anesthesiologists are the most highly trained physicians when it comes to the safe use of ketamine.Its use as a treatment for depression, including treatment resistant depression, and other mental health conditions is at sub-anesthetic doses, below those necessary to induce general anesthesia. Ketamine is also frequently used to treat patients experiencing chronic pain conditions.

 

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, uncontrolled and untreated high blood pressure and untreated hyperthyroidism.

 

Ketamine has been abused as a recreational drug. Street drug use is in doses vastly higher than the sub-anesthetic doses used for the treatment of depression and other mental health conditions.As mentioned above, ketamine is used legally and safely everyday in the specialty of anesthesia and is a very safe medication in experienced hands. Incidentally, a large number of the drugs used in anesthesia practice have the potential for abuse, so ketamine is not unique in this respect. The key is administering the right dose to the right patient in the right setting.

 

Research over the last 5-10 years has shown that intravenous administration of ketamine in sub-anesthetic doses remarkably benefits 70% of people suffering from severe depression.While the benefits can truly be remarkable, they often occur in ways that differ from some patients’ expectations. That is, the changes produced by ketamine can be subtle, and while they occur quickly, they do not always manifest themselves immediately.

 

We have found 6 initial infusions to be the most high yield. It has been shown that serial infusions are more effective than single infusions, and the majority of patients who respond to ketamine treatment require maintenance infusions on an ongoing basis following the initial series.

The frequency of these maintenance infusions varies greatly from person to person.

Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy tailors ketamine therapy to your unique medical profile and your treatment may not be like any other patient. Your ketamine therapy, including Spravato treatments, is conducted at the office.

Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy uses state-of-the-art technology to administer your ketamine and closely monitors you during your treatment session. The specifics of your ketamine therapy depend on your psychiatric needs.

For IV ketamine therapy, Our standard protocol consists of a six infusion stabilization series, typically administered over a 12-14 day period. Infusions last 40 to 60 minutes with the total appointment time being around 90 minutes. The next treatment phase occurs approximately one month after the Stabilization Period treatments and repeats every 4-8 weeks. The maintenance schedule varies based on the patient’s needs with the goal of progressing into longer intervals between treatments.

 

With Spravato ketamine therapy, you administer the medication yourself in the office. Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy providers will closely monitor you for up to two hours after administration.

During the first month of treatment, you come in twice a week for therapy and then once a week or every other week thereafter.

No solid food for 4 hours before a ketamine infusion. Clear liquids only 2 hours before the infusion.

 

Yes, you should not stop your antidepressant medications in order to receive ketamine. It is essential that we review your current medication list prior to beginning ketamine treatments.

 

Ketamine is not physically addicting, but has been show to be psychologically addicting in those using it recreationally at much higher doses and in far greater frequencies than we will use.

 

The entire process including recovery takes about 60 minutes.

 

Most patients experience a mild dissociation or inner reflective experience that is generally well tolerated. If you experience nausea, mild anxiety or any unpleasant sensations we will be there to treat you and take care of you. Within 15 minutes of ending the infusion, your thinking will be clear.

 

Ketamine infusion therapy is not a service typically reimbursed by insurance companies. However, depending upon your individual medical insurance plan, some portion of the treatment may be eligible for partial reimbursement. Each new patient makes it more likely that insurance companies will add this treatment to their plan of covered services. We do not submit to any insurance company but can provide documentation of your treatments upon request.

To learn more about ketamine therapy and how it may work for you, contact Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy by phone or online today.

IV Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy is an effective method of delivering and absorbing key nutrients via your veins. Because these nutrients are injected, we’re bypassing the gastrointestinal system, so nutrients are 100% absorbed by the bloodstream, where they can be immediately utilized.

Hippocrates, also known as the father of medicine, said “Let food be thy medicine.” While a diet in whole natural foods is very important for optimal health, because of farming practices and availability, it is hard to get all the nutrients we need from our food supply. IV nutrients can bridge that gap and boost health and wellness.

There is a “cocktail” for nearly any condition, and we recommend it for overall wellbeing! IV nutrient therapy supports:

  • Anti-aging
  • Allergies/asthma
  • Athletic performance
  • Chronic fatigue and brain fog
  • Detoxification
  • Energy improvement
  • Hangovers
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Improved immunity
  • Longevity

 

IV therapy can provide many benefits to you such as boosting your immune system, boosting your energy levels, increasing mental clarity, improving symptoms of depression, improving anxiety, relieving dehydration, relieving hangovers, and many more.

 

Yes. IV therapy greatly helps with dehydration. Having IV drip that contains saline fluids and electrolytes can help to rehydrate your body immediately. People suffering from moderate to severe dehydration can benefit from IV therapy.

When taken orally, only a fraction (20-40% or less) of the essential nutrients are absorbed due to a variety of factors: unhealthy diet, insufficient essential nutrients, widespread prevalence of gastrointestinal problems, chronic illness and more. With IV nutrient therapy, 100% of the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream, where they can immediately be used by your body.

 

The temporary discomfort from placing the IV in is far outweighed by the benefits you’ll see with IV nutrient therapy. We have a trained registered nurse (RN) or medical professional administering the IV, so you won’t be poked unnecessarily!

 

While IV therapies are safe for kids, our drip blends are designed for adults.

Benefits can be seen after the first session, and with regular treatments, safe and lasting effects can be achieved.

 

Yes! We invite you to consult with our medical team to create an IV nutrient plan based on your concerns and needs.

 

Depending on your state of wellness, nutritional demands, and hydration status, you may see dramatic effects immediately. People who get regular IVs will feel less pronounced effects as their body begins to obtain optimal balance. In healthy individuals, IVs can safely be used on a daily basis but realistically; most people do not need daily therapy. A typical dosage is usually weekly or bi-weekly, but your IV therapy should always be tailored to your needs.

 

Certain nutrients do not require the fluid or as much fluid and can be slowly injected intravenously. This form of treatment is called an “IV push” or booster. IV push treatments can be added to your IV therapy for an added boost!

 

No solid food for 4 hours before a ketamine infusion. Clear liquids only 2 hours before the infusion.

 

Yes, you should not stop your antidepressant medications in order to receive ketamine. It is essential that we review your current medication list prior to beginning ketamine treatments.

 

Ketamine is not physically addicting, but has been show to be psychologically addicting in those using it recreationally at much higher doses and in far greater frequencies than we will use.

 

The entire process including recovery takes about 60 minutes.

 

Most patients experience a mild dissociation or inner reflective experience that is generally well tolerated. If you experience nausea, mild anxiety or any unpleasant sensations we will be there to treat you and take care of you. Within 15 minutes of ending the infusion, your thinking will be clear.

 

Ketamine infusion therapy is not a service typically reimbursed by insurance companies. However, depending upon your individual medical insurance plan, some portion of the treatment may be eligible for partial reimbursement. Each new patient makes it more likely that insurance companies will add this treatment to their plan of covered services. We do not submit to any insurance company but can provide documentation of your treatments upon request.

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