What You Should Know about Ketamine Infusions
For years, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, migraines, and other physical and mental health issues have confounded health professionals. Unfortunately, these issues are hard to treat to get relief from and continue healthy, everyday life.
Ketamine infusion therapy offers treatment for these hard-to-treat, life-altering conditions. At Infuzed Ketamine & IV Therapy in Rosenberg, Texas, we treat your condition with medically managed ketamine infusion therapy.
As health care experts, we value ketamine’s low side-effect profile. Ketamine’s overall effectiveness at relieving pain and lifting your mood, and its quick action in reducing symptoms, are noteworthy.
The Basics of Ketamine Infusions
Ketamine has been used for years as a pain reliever and surgical anesthetic. Ketamine acts on your NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors. It stimulates glutamate activity. If you didn’t know, Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is key to regulating your mood.
Ketamine works fast to treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and other chronic pain conditions resistant to traditional treatments.
At Infuzed Therapy, we deliver ketamine through IV infusion. We calculate the dose you need for your infusion therapy. This measure provides the beneficial effects of ketamine while removing the anesthetic qualities necessary for surgery.
Know this before Ketamine Treatments
Before participating in ketamine treatment, you will be carefully screened to determine if you are eligible for ketamine therapy, including medical history, a physical history, psychiatric history, and possibly psychological testing. We discuss with you, in detail, ketamine, your requirements for therapy, and any previous treatments you might have undergone for your depression, pain, migraines, or whatever issues with which you are struggling.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers must not participate in ketamine treatment. Sexually active women who can have children must utilize birth control methods while participating in the treatment. Ask your primary care physician if you want to discuss birth control options. If you become pregnant while participating in this program, you should notify your therapist(s) immediately, as the effects of ketamine on the unborn child are undetermined.
At Your Ketamine Infusion
Your IV ketamine treatment is offered in a private and pleasant setting. The nurse anesthesiologist places an IV in your vein, and the therapy begins. During the IV insertion, you’ll feel a prick, but the treatment is generally painless. You relax and sit back as the ketamine drips into your body.
Ketamine can immediately lift your mood when dosed right, but it doesn’t provide the “high” you might experience with opioids or other drugs. This treatment can mellow you out and sedate you slightly. You can expect to stay relaxed but awake throughout the infusion.
During the treatment session, the therapist(s) will be present to ensure you are comfortable and monitor the procedure. In addition, a medical professional will be present during the ketamine administration and at some other point during the visit to monitor pulse, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation levels.
Usually, you will remain alert and able to talk during the procedure. Still, the ketamine will alter your perception and mental state, and you will return to a normal mental state when the session is over.
In the 30 minutes after the treatment, you remain in our office. Why? So that we can check your vitals and reaction to the therapy.
Following Ketamine IV Infusion Therapy
The non-ordinary state of consciousness produced by ketamine usually lasts about 45 to 50 minutes but can last for one to two hours. For some, a reduced sense of balance with dizziness and possible nausea may occur and will gradually subside over two to six hours. Your ketamine IV therapy can make you a little dizzy. Driving an automobile or engaging in hazardous activities should not be undertaken for 24 hours after treatment with ketamine. The following day, you should feel energized again.
Don’t be surprised if you feel a change in your mood and a reduction in pain within an hour of your first therapy. We can always schedule you for a series of treatments to help you achieve optimal results.