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 frequently asked questions about Ketamine infusion therapy. We want to alleviate any misperceptions or mysteries about the efficacy of the drug in treatment.
01. What is Ketamine?
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.
02. How does Ketamine work?
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.
03. How do I know if Ketamine is right for me?
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.
04. Are Ketamine infusions covered by insurance?
Ketamine is an FDA approved medication for anesthetic purposes. For the purpose in which we administer Ketamine it is considered “off label” and therefore insurance is not accepted at the present time. We can however, provide documentation or invoices for patients to submit to their insurance companies to apply for direct reimbursement.
05. What is the cost of Ketamine therapy?
Each 40 min infusion is $450. Each 4 hour infusion is $850. 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
06. How many treatments will I need?
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.
07. Do I need a referral for treatment?
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.
08. What should I bring the day of my consultation?
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.
09. How do I prepare for a Ketamine infusion?
We ask that you do not eat anything for 8 hours prior to your infusion. You may drink clear liquids or black coffee (no sugar or cream) up to 2 hours prior to your infusion. Wear comfortable clothing that allow access to both of your hands and arms. You may bring headphones to listen to soft music during your infusion.
10. Do I need to stop any of my medications?
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.
11. What should expect on the day of the infusion?
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.
12. Is it possible I will not get my infusion?
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.