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Ketamine Infusion Therapy

At Mind Body Soul Wellness we are dedicated to providing patient-centric comprehensive solutions for mental health, with cutting-edge treatment modalities such as ketamine, NAD,  Low dose naltrexone and Nutraceuticals/herbal remedies. 

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Ketamine is an FDA approved anesthetic drug that is shown to be effective in treating conditions like treatment resistant depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Ketamine Infusion (IV) Treatment shows promising results within weeks with lasting effects.

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Treatment Resistant Depression

Treatment-resistant depression is present in about half of all depression cases where an individual seeks treatment. Ketamine treatments are far more effective in successfully treating depression and are a great option when nothing else seems to work.

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PTSD

We recognize the immense difficulties associated with PTSD. Individuals often experience emotional detachment from once-close individuals due to persistent thoughts and traumatic memories.  Symptoms can reoccur unpredictably over extended periods, ranging from days to months or even years.  Stop living with the burden of PTSD and try something new with ketamine which has been proven to be effective in mild to severe cases of PTSD.

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Anxiety

According to research, ketamine infusions have proven to be effective in treating various anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder (SAD), general anxiety disorder (GAD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A study conducted by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and Columbia University found that patients suffering from GAD, SAD, and OCD exhibited significant improvements in their fear levels and depressive symptoms, along with a reduction in intrusive thoughts, after undergoing six sessions of ketamine infusions.

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Bipolar Disorder

Approximately 5.7 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder annually, with nearly 10 million developing it during their lifetime. Bipolar disorder ranges in experiences of mania and depression. Manic episodes bring elevated mood and energy, but also irritability and uncontrollable thoughts. Depressive episodes are longer-lasting and debilitating, marked by loss of motivation and profound sadness. While ketamine cannot cure bipolar disorder or prevent mania, it offers exceptional relief from depressive and impulsive symptoms. 

What are some conditions can Ketamine treat?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a FDA approved anesthetic and analgesic agent originally developed in 1962. It has been used primarily as an induction agent for general anesthesia in surgery for children, adults, and animals. Ketamine has a remarkable safety track record, hence its use in the pediatric population.  It has been safely utilized for pain relief associated with battlefield injury and traumatic accident by emergency medical personnel and Army medics. Recently, it has been discovered that ketamine can be highly effective in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions.

What is the success rate in treating depression?

Ketamine infusions effectively treat depression in 60-80% of individuals. Studies done at Harvard Medical School and Yale School of Medicine reported,“Ketamine’s remarkable rapid, robust, and sustained antidepressant effects are considered to be ‘arguably the most important discovery in half a century’ for depression research” .  They are particularly effective in reducing suicidal ideation and intrusive thoughts, even after the first treatment. While the effects of Ketamine typically last for several weeks, some people experience relief from depression for months.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?

No, any licensed mental health care professional or physician can refer you.

How does it work?

Ketamine’s mechanism of action is completely different from that of any other antidepressant medication. The exact mechanism of action that allows ketamine to relieve mental illness is complex and still under investigation. What we know is that it works on a neurotransmitter called Glutamate which leads to the production of an important growth factor that helps the brain repair damaged neurons affected by stress and mental illness. Thus, Ketamine can improve mood within hours/days and also cause the regeneration of nerve cells over time. Watch Yale Medicine's Video: https://youtu.be/nW21-AYY_fs

What disorders can ketamine infusions treat?

At Ketamine Health Centers, we focus on using evidence-based research to administer and treat our patients with ketamine infusion therapy. Our primary focus is to help treat mental illness and provide an option to those who have not had success with traditional medicines or psychotherapy. Promising data has demonstrated robust effects in treating severe, chronic, treatment resistant depression.

Thus, anyone diagnosed with major depression, bipolar depression, postpartum depression, or dysthymia could benefit from Ketamine infusions. Research has also shown that Ketamine can also be effective in treating bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal ideation. In addition, ketamine shows promise in alleviating symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and a number of anxiety disorders.

Are there any specific medical conditions that would prevent me from receiving treatment?

Ketamine infusion therapy is not indicated for patients diagnosed with psychosis. If you have high blood pressure, cardiac, and/or pulmonary issues it may be necessary for your primary care physician to provide a medical clearance before beginning your ketamine infusions.

Can I eat and/or drink prior to my infusion?

Please avoid any kind of solid foods and/or milk for 6 hours prior to your ketamine infusion. You may drink clear liquids (i.e., water, fruit juices without pulp, carbonated beverages, clear tea, and black coffee) up until 2 hours before your infusion. Absolutely avoid alcohol or the use of any illicit drugs. These substances are extremely dangerous in combination with ketamine.

Will I be asleep during the procedure?

No. The dose of ketamine you will receive does not cause any loss of consciousness.

What is the infusion process like?

Ketamine is administered intravenously very slowly over 45 minutes. At the start of the infusion, you may not have noticeable effects, but as the infusion progresses, you may encounter a feeling of “lightness” or “floating,” which for some feels as a “weight being lifted off their shoulders”. Most patients describe mild dissociative symptoms that are generally well tolerated. You will be monitored throughout the infusion, and we are prepared to treat any unpleasant side effects during the procedure. Within 15 minutes of completing the infusion, you will start to regain your senses and your thinking will return to normal.

How do I know if the infusion worked? How should I expect to feel afterwards?

Prior to your first treatment, we will ask you to fill out a few brief questionnaires that will provide a baseline. We will then follow up after each infusion to determine the response. If needed, we can adjust the treatment accordingly to maximize benefits and minimize any adverse effects. After the infusion, you may notice positive effects as soon as 30 minutes post infusion but typically improvements begin several hours post-­treatment.

How long will the effects last?

The effects of a single infusion typically last up to two weeks. After a series of six infusions, some people could remain symptom free for several months. We also offer the option of booster infusions which can be given monthly or a few times per year as needed.

What is the recommended course of treatment?

A total of six infusions is recommended within a 3–4-week period in order to maximize the effects of Ketamine. The repair and growth of new nerve cells over time is what can lead to long lasting improvements in symptoms. However, the total length of treatment depends on each individual’s unique circumstances.

Should I continue seeing my psychiatrist? What if I don’t have one?

We recommend that our patients continue working with their outpatient providers for medication management and/or psychotherapy. If you do not have a psychiatrist or therapist, We can facilitate a referral.

Should I be concerned about any risks of addiction with ketamine therapy?

No, ketamine has been proven safe in humans. It has been used for years as a surgical anesthetic in children and in trauma management. Although it has been abused recreationally at much higher doses as a club drug, there is no evidence that ketamine is addictive. In addition, Ketamine will be administered under medical supervision at sub-anesthetic doses.

How much do infusions cost? Are they covered by health insurance?

Ketamine treatment plans vary in cost dependent on treatment frequency. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover infusions, but we do have financing plans available. Please contact our office for pricing.

Are there any medications that can interfere with ketamine treatment?

Patients should not take benzodiazepines or any prescribed narcotics on the day of their infusion.

Will I be required to stop taking my psychiatric medications?

No, there is no need to stop any of the medications you are currently taking.

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