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Ketamine IV therapy



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Frequent Questions About Ketamine Treatment

The infusion therapy will take place in a relaxing private room, with continuous mechanical monitoring of vital signs, including heart rate, pulse, blood oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. This will ensure your safety throughout the process. The therapy involves the administration of ketamine through an IV over a period of 45 minutes or longer.

Our skilled providers will closely monitor patients during the active phase of the infusion. they will customize sedation levels and ensure your comfort. Many patients describe the experience as relaxing and serene.

On average, the entire procedure, including check-in, infusion, and recovery, takes approximately 90 minutes. For safety, we advise patients to arrange for a trusted friend or family member to drive them home after the infusion.

The next day, patients can generally resume their daily activities, including driving and returning to work. While having a companion in the treatment room is welcome, it is not necessary. Your well-being and comfort are our top priorities throughout the entire process.

Experience a transformative journey with our therapy, where you may encounter vivid dreams and surreal experiences such as feeling floating or being disconnected. Embrace the spiritual aspect, immerse yourself in vibrant colors, and awaken from these dreams feeling renewed. You may experience slowed response and altered concentration. If overwhelmed, simply close your eyes and immerse yourself in the process, All of these are transient and will not linger. In fact, this unique dissociation is believed to be crucial in breaking the cycle of the mind and rediscovering your inner happiness. Remember, this journey is for your own well-being and growth. Embrace it. You are doing this for you! 

Ketamine infusion therapy is not a first-line therapy for psychiatric disorders or chronic pain management. It may be considered after failure of standard treatment. The most common conditions that are documented are treatment resistant depression, PTSD and neuropathic pain. Others include, but not limited to anxiety, OCD, migraine and even certain autoimmune conditions such as LUPUS, IBD and RA (Ketamine is potentially anti-inflammatory). 

Ketamine IV infusion is known to be very safe. One rare long-term side effect is inflammation of the bladder. However this only happen with daily high dose users and it is extremely rare. 

Transient side effects may occur during infusion, including a slight increase in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as feelings of nausea, dizziness, altered consciousness, and impaired motor coordination. The good news is that these effects typically fade quickly within 2-4 hours after the ketamine session, as ketamine is rapidly metabolized and cleared from your body. 

We have medications readily available via IV to treat nausea, dizziness and blood pressure. 

Ketamine targets a different system in the brain than typical antidepressants do.
It causes a rapid reset effect on neuroplasticity. 
Chronic stress and severe depression cause brain to shrivel. The little fingers of the brain cells, the dendrites and axons, get shorter and blunter. Classic antidepressants such as SSRI slow down the reuptake of serotonin. Ketamine, on the other hand, functions totally differently.  This triggers the new regrowth of the neurons and increases communication among brain cells (synapses). Patients will regain the motivation to think and process the information. 
As a result of this unique mechanism, patients often experience a resurgence of motivation, improved cognitive processing, and heightened ability to think and comprehend information. Ketamine therapy offers a distinct pathway to address depression and restore brain function.
Most studies are focusing on depression treatment. Current consensus is that approximately 70~80% patients respond to ketamine infusion treatment. 
Not necessarily. We would like you to bring any type of documentation that you have from your primary care, pain specialist or psychiatrist concerning your diagnosis and past treatment. It is recommended that you update your current provider about your plans to start Ketamine infusions. We will have you fill out a medical information release form that allows us to communicate to your other providers.

For mental health infusion, the price is $400 per infusion. The infusion itself usually last 40 mins.  We recommend a series of 6 infusion over 3 weeks for the initial loading phase. This is followed by maintenance phase with one infusion every 1~2 months as needed.

For chronic pain conditions, it usually takes longer (with the exception of Migraine).  The infusion cost is $1000 per 4-hour session. This will be customized based on your response afterwards. 

We accept cash, credit or debit card (including FSA and HSA). Credit cards may be subject to a 2.9% fee. Debit cards are fee-free.

Financing Options

3rd party Advance Care may be of assistance to patients who are seeking financing help.

  • History of schizophrenia, untreated mania or psychosis
  • History of recent seizures
  • Uncontrolled thyroid disease
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure and cardiac diseases (such as cardiac arrhythmia and recent heart attack within 6 months)
  • Severe COPD
  • History of stroke, or any condition with increased intracranial pressure e.g. hydrocephalus.
Benzodiazepines: the results are mixed. It has been suggested that high doses of benzo may reduce the antidepressant efficacy of ketamine. Read more…
However other studies have found that pre-treatment with Valium results in higher concentration and decreased clearance of Ketamine. Read more…
The common prescribed medications in this class: Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, and Ativan, 
Lamotrigine: Lamotrigine is an anticonvulsant medication helpful in treating epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Lamotrigine appears to antagonize some of the effects of ketamine. Lamotrigine inhibits the release of glutamate, while Ketamine increase it. Read more…
Memantine: It is used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease ( a disorder associated with brain aging). Memantine is an NMDA blocker.  This is one of the target receptors that Ketamine take effects. Any drug that affects NMDA receptors may potential interfere with Ketamine. Read more…

 

Clarithromycin and grapefruit juice: these are Cytochrome P450 inhibitors. Ketamine is metabolized by P450 family of enzymes. Any medication that inhibit the P450 will potentially increase the plasma ketamine concentration and vice versa.  Read more…
Rifampin: It is an P450 inducer which may cause reduction of plasma concentration of Ketamine as discussed above. 
Please do not change your medication without consulting your prescribing doctor.  We can work together with your provider to make treatment safe and effective. 
“The Most Important Breakthrough In Antidepressant Treatment In Decades.”
– Dr. Thomas Insel, Former National Institute Of Mental Health (NIMH) Director

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