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Ketamine is a medication that was first developed in 1962, and is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. Ketamine has been found to be effective in treating many conditions such as depression, chronic pain, and PTSD, but is most commonly used as a surgical anesthetic, and has only been approved by the FDA to be marketed as such. Ketamine’s use outside of that of an anesthetic is considered “off label,” and allowed when deemed medically appropriate by an attending physician. It is estimated that almost ¼ of all prescription medications sold in the United States, are prescribed off label.
Ketamine has been shown to stimulate neuron growth in the brain in as quickly as one hour. Many scientists studying Ketamine are focusing on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays a key role in neural activation. Ketamine has also been found to be a strong anti-inflammatory, which is also being studied for its positive effects. While the studies of “how” continue, the life enhancing results are seen daily at KWC.
Many patients feel better during the treatment itself. Others notice a marked improvement in mood or pain levels within a day of treatment.
You will be awake. The Ketamine infusion dosage is not high enough to cause you to fall asleep but you may feel a bit drowsy during, and shortly after the treatment.
There are drugs, both legal and illicit, that will reduce the effectiveness of Ketamine. Make sure you inform us of all drugs you take. We will work with your prescribing physician to coordinate your care.
Length of treatment is individual to each patient. The 1st treatment will relieve your symptoms for a few days. It is necessary to repeat the treatment to ensure a return to a healthy mood, or to relieve pain for an extended period. For chronic conditions, our process involves extending the period of remission, by slowly stretching out the time between Ketamine infusions, and using additional wellness techniques as an adjunct.
Any side effects experienced as a result of Ketamine infusions will go away within an hour of treatment. The most commonly reported side effects include mild nausea, drowsiness, and a temporary increase in blood pressure. The nursing staff will closely monitor your blood pressure and heart rate throughout the course of the infusion. Less common side effects include vivid dreams, mood swings, or agitation. If these types of side effects do occur, they are controlled by adjusting the dosage of Ketamine.
Ketamine is typically well tolerated, and we are not aware of any significant adverse reactions at the low dose used for this treatment. At the higher doses used in operating rooms, Ketamine has been known to cause hallucinations, as well as other cognitive distortions. Use of Ketamine by people with conditions such as unstable heart disease risks aggravating these conditions. It is important that you fill out the medical questionnaire fully and truthfully, so we can properly evaluate whether you are medically appropriate for the treatment.
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.
The screening cost is $100 and includes a psychological assessment, a psychological interview with a counselor, and a medical history review with one of our clinicians.
The cost for depression treatments are $625 each for the first four treatments, known as the stabilization treatments. The depression maintenance treatments are $500 each. The cost for pain treatments are $750 each.
On average, the depression treatments take around 1 ½ hours from start to finish, the pain treatments last 4 or more hours.
Because Ketamine treatments are fairly new there is no hard data on the best protocol. Ketamine Wellness Centers is one of two clinics who have been treating the longest and our protocol is based on our trials and four years of experience. We feel the four stabilization treatments are sufficient to reach the optimal results and an effort to keep the cost affordable.
We do not prescribe any drugs outside of the center.
During our trials we examined nasal and injection treatments and did not find any lasting or substantial benefits. Ketamine Wellness Centers only performs and recommends Ketamine IV infusions.
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The clinical program at Ketamine Wellness Centers is one of few, if not the only clinic, which combines the diagnostic tools of mental health professionals with the precision of the anesthesia community. The combination of those two professions allows us to evaluate patients and determine how effective Ketamine treatment may be for you or your loved one.
We recognize Ketamine treatments are only part of a patient’s road to recovery and for a patient to truly be successful they will need to seek additional therapy and support in conjunction with improving their life skills through exercise, diet, and focus on wellness. Ketamine can restore your function so you are finally able to pursue all those avenues of healing.
To schedule an appointment, please call 855-KET-WELL (855-538-9355).
Ketamine Wellness Center’s mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care for people suffering from afflictions where Ketamine infusions have proven a successful treatment option while actively researching Ketamine’s efficacy to treat additional conditions.