Ketamine For Depression

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It improves symptoms in as little as 30 minutes, compared with weeks or even months for existing antidepressants, and is effective even for the roughly one third of patients with so-called treatment-resistant depression.


Process of Treatment

Is this an outpatient procedure?

Yes, ketamine infusion for depression is an outpatient procedure requiring no hospital admission.

Do I need a referral?

No, while referrals from any mental health care provider are welcome and encouraged, a free consultation with one of our doctors can determine if you are a good candidate for ketamine therapy.

Is ketamine used to treat all depression?

Ketamine infusion therapy is reserved for those patients with severe depression that is considered treatment resistant.

will I respond to ketamine infusion therapy?

We cannot predict who will respond to ketamine, but statistically 2 out of 3 patients do show a dramatic improvement. We will know within two treatments if ketamine infusions will help you.

How many infusions will I need?

If you have a favorable response to the first two infusions, a total of six is recommended within a twelve day period. That will maximize the ketamine effect on new dendrite and synapse growth. Then we may suggest a maintenance program when you feel it necessary.

How long does an infusion take?

The infusion itself takes and hour, every patient has different recovery times.

Will I be asleep?

Yes, under the supervision of a board certified anesthesiologist. In a AAAA Certified Surgical Center.

What will I experience during the infusion?

Mild dissociation or inner reflective experience that is generally well tolerated. If you find it unpleasant we can treat it. Within 15 minutes of ending the infusion your thinking will be clear.

Are there any medications that interact with ketamine?

Benzodiazepines, such as Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan do interfere with ketamine if used daily and at higher doses. Lamictal (lamotrigine) in doses above 100mg/day also can block ketamine efficacy.

Will I have to stop other antidepressant medications?

No, other antidepressant medications do not interfere with ketamine’s mechanism of action.

Do any medical conditions exclude me from treatment?

Almost none. Uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart failure need to be corrected.

Is Ketamine Addictive?

No, ketamine has been proven safe in humans in and out of hosptials and battle fields for surgical anesthesia and trauma management. Those patients experience longer exposures and at much higher doses than those used to treat severe depression. Although it has been abused as a club drug, there is no evidence that ketamine is addictive.

How quickly can you see me?

Within a day if an emergency.  We are here five days a week we can meet most patient’s scheduling needs.

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