What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a remarkable medication with the ability to relieve the symptoms of mood and pain disorders. It’s not right for everyone, but if other treatments have failed for you, and you are ready to take control of your life again, continue below to learn about ketamine infusion therapy.
Developed in 1962, ketamine was initially promoted as a fast-acting general anesthetic. A few years later, in 1970, the federal government approved ketamine for human use, and as a result, it soon became popular as a battlefield anesthetic. Experts are calling it the most significant advance in mental health in more than half a century. They point to studies showing ketamine not only produces a rapid and robust antidepressant effect; it also puts a quick end to suicidal thinking.
What Conditions Can Ketamine Treat?
Some doctors are calling ketamine infusion the biggest breakthrough in depression treatment in decades.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions in the country, affecting more than 40 million adults.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a response that some people may develop after a traumatic event.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that can be treated with ketamine infusions.
Chronic pain conditions can put ones life on hold. Learn how ketamine can help with pain management.
More than just a bad headache, migraines are a serious chronic pain condition. Relief is possible.
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Common Questions About Ketamine
The more patients know about ketamine therapy, the better informed they are to decide if treatment is the right choice for them. We want to alleviate any misperceptions or mysteries about the efficacy of the drug in treatment.
Ketamine was developed in the 1960s 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 neurotransmitter 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 your mental health provider to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.
We are happy to announce that we currently in network with the following plans: Asuris Regence HMA, Providence, Cigna, Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, First Choice.
For those out of network insurances, including Medicare or Medicaid, 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, checks, and credit cards and there is a zero percent financing option available through Advance Care, see the link under Financing Options.
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.
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.
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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Our office focuses on being welcoming, relaxing, and comfortable for our patients. Our infusion rooms are in a private setting. Each has a comfortable recliner for your comfort.
If you are ready to take back control of your life and start living again, contact Tri-Cities Infusion and Wellness Clinic and schedule your consultation now.