What To Expect

What to Expect

Prior to receiving the IV you will be given an oral medication to minimize any anxiety.  A cuff will be placed on your arm to monitor your blood pressure and sensors will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart.  Then a small IV will be inserted in your arm through which the medication will be administered.

As the infusion begins the lights will be dimmed and your choice of relaxing ambient music will be played.  You are welcome to bring your own music if you wish.  Once underway you may choose to be left alone inn the room or you are welcome to have a loved one sit with you.  Be assured your doctor and the medical assistant will continually monitor your condition and respond to any needs.

The IV Procedure

Prior to receiving the IV you will be given an oral medication to minimize any anxiety.  A cuff will be placed on your arm to monitor your blood pressure and sensors will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart.  Then a small IV will be inserted in your arm through which the medication will be administered.

As the infusion begins the lights will be dimmed and your choice of relaxing ambient music will be played.  You are welcome to bring your own music if you wish.  Once underway you may choose to be left alone inn the room or you are welcome to have a loved one sit with you.  Be assured your doctor and the medical assistant will continually monitor your condition and respond to any needs. 

Infusion Experience

The infusion itself lasts about one hour. The effects of the ketamine come on in a steady gradual way.  Patients say that the experience of each infusion is different but there are some common sensations including:

  • Numbness and/or tingling
  • Sensation of “lightness” or floating
  • Feeling of being “centered” or “grounded”
  • Positive shift in anxiety/emotional tension
  • Intellectual detachment
  • Decreased awareness of your body
  • Visual and spacial distortions
  • Inability to perceive time
  • Talkativeness
  • Dizziness or nausea in rare cases

Most patients find the experience to be pleasant and relaxing, but the experience can be somewhat unpleasant to some.  Interestingly, there does not seem to be much correlation between the patient’s perception of the experience itself and whether it helps their depression.  After the infusion is completed, it takes about 30 minutes before patients can walk and talk normally.  It may take up to two hours before they feel totally back to normal.

Cost

Each depression infusion is $375. The at home ketamine can only be purchased from a compounding pharmacy and usually costs between $70 – $90 per month.

Infusion for Pain:
Each 4 hour infusion is $850

“Most patients find the experience to be pleasant and relaxing and report improvement in depressive symptoms after only two treatments.”

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“Most patients find the experience to be pleasant and relaxing and report an improvement in depressive symptoms within 1 to 24 hours of treatment.”

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