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Frequently Asked Questions

The more patients know about Ketamine therapy, the better informed you are to decide if treatment is the right choice for you. We have included some FAQs about Ketamine infusion therapy. We want to alleviate any misperceptions or mysteries about the efficacy of the drug in treatment.

Ketamine FAQs

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Ketamine was developed in the 1960’s and has been an FDA approved anesthetic and analgesic medication since the 1970’s. Ketamine is used safely throughout the world. Most recently Ketamine infusions have been studied and used for the treatment of refractory depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain syndromes, and other conditions with success.

Ketamine works on the NMDA receptors within the brain. It causes an increase in the neuro transmitter Glutamate. While not all of it’s mechanisms of action are known, it has been shown to repair and help rebuild neuro synapses and pathways within the brain.

During your free consultation we will review your medical history and discuss any treatment plans that may be to your benefit. We will work closely with you, your primary care provider, and mental health provider to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.

We are in-network with the following insurance plans: Asuris Regence HMA, Cigna Great West, First Choice, Lifewise, Premera Blue Cross, Providence.

For those out of network insurances, we can provide documentation or invoices for patients to submit to their insurance companies to apply for direct reimbursement.

Each 1 hour infusion is $350. Each 2 hour infusion is $500. We are working hard to reduce the cost of overhead to provide affordable options for our patients. We accept cash, check, credit cards and there is a zero percent financing option available through Advance Care, see link below under Financing Options

Most patients who receive treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and migraines typically start with 6 infusions over two weeks. Then booster infusions are given anywhere from 6-12 weeks later or as needed. Patients receiving treatments for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or other neurogenic pain disorders typically receive 4-6 infusions over a 4-7 day period. Then booster infusions as needed.

You or your primary care provider can request a referral or consult. We will work with your PCP to ensure you are a good candidate for the treatment.

When you schedule your consultation, we will send you via email the appropriate health history and documentation to bring with you. If you have any questions, you may always call and speak with a member of the clinic staff.

When you schedule your consultation, we will send you via email the appropriate health history and documentation to bring with you. If you have any questions, you may always call and speak with a member of the clinic staff.

Take all of your regular medications the day of your infusion with the EXCEPTION of benzodiazepines. If you are a diabetic we will give you further instructions at your consultation.

You need to make sure you bring someone with you to drive you home. You should not drive or make any major decisions for at least 12 hours after your infusion. During the infusion you may experience nausea, a “floating” type feeling, hypersensitivity to sounds or lights, or mild hallucinations. Many of these symptoms can be easily managed with verbal redirection or medications we administer through your IV like Zofran, or Versed.

If you have an uncontrolled medical issue like high blood pressure, untreated heart arrythmias, recent physical illness, or some other uncontrolled medical problem, we will work with you and your PCP to resolve the issue prior to giving you an infusion. Your safety and health are of greatest importance and we want to ensure you can receive the infusions safely.

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