Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR KETAMINE VISIT
How likely is it that Ketamine will work for me?
Very likely! Ketamine Infusion can help people suffering from treatment-resistant mood disorders like depression or chronic pain. Some people experience improvements within hours of treatment but for others it may take a few days. Recent data shows that up to 70% of patients will experience significant improvement of their symptoms.
How does Ketamine work?
There is still a lot of ongoing research but current findings show that it promotes growth of neural networks in just one hour. Current studies are focused on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which boosts neural activation. Ketamine is also a strong anti-inflammatory, which helps with chronic pain.
Is Ketamine Infusion an outpatient procedure?
Yes. All infusions are conducted in our office where you will arrive and leave the same day.
Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor or psychiatrist?
No. But we will collaborate with your current treating provider as well as review your medical records and list of meds.
Will I be asleep during the procedure?
No. The dosage we administer is not high enough to produce that effect.
Is Ketamine safe?
Yes. Ketamine Infusions are administered in doses that are far below those used to anesthetize children and the elderly. There have never been any long-term side effects to Ketamine introduced intravenously.
What are the side effects of Ketamine?
Side effects occur during treatment and generally end when the infusion is over. Possible side effects may include nausea, blurry vision, headaches, dizziness, an out-of-body feeling or hallucinations (though rare). Many of these side effects can be treated with other medications during the infusion.
Will I become addicted to Ketamine?
No. Unlike opioids, Ketamine is not addictive when administered professionally via IV infusion.
How many infusions will I need?
Responses to treatments vary, and it really depends on the problem that’s being treated. Those being treated for mood disorders often need fewer treatments than those suffering from chronic pain.
How long will I feel better?
You may feel better for several weeks to several months after a successful series of treatments.
Should I continue my medications?
Antidepressants, SSRIs and other psychotropic meds should be continued as usual. However, high doses of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin) will render Ketamine ineffective. Consult with your doctor and with ours.
Is Ketamine covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, do not cover Ketamine Therapy.
When can I head back to work?
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is non-surgical so you will be able to return to work the very next day.
Do I have to fast before treatment?
Yes. You should stop consuming food at least 8 hours prior to treatment. Stop consuming liquids at least 2 hours prior to treatment.
Can I drive myself home?
No, which is why we ask you to have a designated driver accompany you to the procedure. We also ask that you refrain from operating heavy machinery for 24 hours from the time you were treated
Why do IV hydration therapy?
IV therapy delivers vitamins, minerals and hydration directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system so you get their full, nourishing effect. Your body needs hydration and a healthy balance of essential vitamins to function optimally. IV therapy gives you just that! The typical IV treatment lasts just 30 minutes and will leave you feeling amazing—and all you have to do is kick back in one of our comfy recliner chairs and relax! From boosting your immune system to prepping for an athletic event, there’s an IV cocktail for whatever your body needs.
What is the difference between an IV drip, an IV push, and an IM injection?
IV is an abbreviation for “intravenous”. To administer an IV Drip, a small plastic tube (catheter) is inserted into a vein using a needle that is quickly removed once the plastic tube is advanced into the vein. IV Drips consist of 500-1000 ml of fluid with a mixture of vitamins and antioxidants. The intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver fluids and vitamins throughout the body with 100 % absorption into the bloodstream. IV Drips usually take 45-60 min to infuse.
An IV Push is infused directly into the bloodstream via a plastic catheter that is inserted into the vein. IV Pushes are concentrated high dose vitamins with minimal fluid hydration. You still get 100% absorption via an IV Push.
An IM injection is a quick 10-second injection that delivers vitamins intramuscularly, directly into the gluteal or deltoid muscle. There is no IV access required with vitamin boosters. The dosages of vitamins also differ since a smaller volume of vitamins can be injected into the muscle, however it still gives nearly similar absorption as IV route going directly into the bloodstream.
What is the difference between oral vitamins and IV (intravenous)-delivered or IM (intramuscular)-delivered vitamins?
Oral vitamin supplement production is not regulated by the FDA whereas vitamins compounded for IV (intravenous) and IM (Intramuscular) use are heavily regulated. Only when a pill is deemed harmful by the FDA, after a lengthy process, it is removed from shelves.
When vitamins are administered intravenously or intramuscularly they bypass gastrointestinal metabolism. Oral vitamin supplements must first filter through your digestive system and provide only 20-30% absorption. When vitamins are ingested in tablet or capsule form, the contained micronutrients must disintegrate rather quickly and be released into the body within a 20 minute time period for any real efficacy. Delivering vitamins directly into the bloodstream or muscles provides increased bioavailability. Bioavailability is the degree and rate at which vitamins are absorbed by the body’s circulatory system and able to be effective.
Many over the counter supplements contain excipients, binders, fillers, and flow agents that can be used to make the ingredients stick together, mass produce in bulk, or allow formulas to run smoothly through manufacturers’ machines. In turn, all of such factors can contribute to the poor quality and disintegration rates for pills.