We understand that you may have a lot of questions regarding Ketamine infusion therapy, the KWC clinical program, cost and insurance, expected results, etc. We have put together an FAQ below to address the most common questions we receive but at the end of the day, nothing can suffice for genuine human contact!
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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 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 25% of all prescription medications sold in the United States, are prescribed “off label.”
Ketamine, like so many other medications, has a number of different applications. Since 1970, Ketamine has been a successful anesthetic used in hospitals, dentist offices veterinary and medical practices with an excellent safety record. In the past 10 years, Ketamine was identified as having beneficial effects on patients with depression, suicidal ideations and certain neuro-pathic pain syndromes. That is where the clinical program here at KWC comes in
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.
Ketamine infusion treatments are 100% legal, safe, and bound to strict clinical protocols and oversight. Ketamine infusions are a fairly recent therapy so we get that there are many existing preconceptions about Ketamine as a treatment option for treating conditions such as depression and chronic pain. Fortunately, the research and success stories speak for themselves.
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.
Learn more about our Mental Health Clinical Protocol
Learn more about our Chronic Pain Clinical Protocol
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 clinical 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.
We employ a third party billing expert, who can help patients, for a small fee. Currently, this biller is only able to assist patients in either clinic located in Arizona. We are working on securing third party biller experts to assist in the states of our other locations. Please inquire at 855-KET-WELL
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.
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.