What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that was approved by the FDA over 50-years-ago. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called ketamine “one of the world’s most essential medications” due to its therapeutic efficacy and safety of use. It has been widely used as an anesthetic in the operating room, a calming agent in emergency rooms, and by veterinarians for animal care. Its application in the treatment of pain and mood disorders has been well researched for more than 25 years.
- With an appropriately trained medical staff, and in a clinical setting, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Ketamine is shown to have minimal side-effects compared to other treatments utilized for chronic pain and mental health. Most importantly, Ketamine has a very low risk of addiction when used in a clinical setting.
- A potential client must be at least 18-years-old with no uncontrolled medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
- You must be under the care of a provider for the diagnosis you are seeking ketamine treatment for.
- You must have a diagnosis of PTSD, major depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or some other treatment-resistant diagnosis. Please reach out to our medical staff with specific questions, and we will be happy to guide you.
- Symptom improvement for both chronic pain and mental health issues has been reported in over 70% of patients, in as little as one treatment. An induction phase of six treatments lasting one hour each for mental health issues are required to solidify treatment gains.
- For ketamine therapy to be optimally effective, an initial “loading” series of six sessions is the standard protocol for both pain and mood disorder clients. Many clients report positive effects in as little as one dose. These six loading sessions are to be done close together (your medical professional will help schedule your loading series with you) to encourage the maximum amount of new brain connections. Mood disorders sessions last approximately 60-90 minutes (depending on how quickly a client recovers following the infusion). Upon completing the initial loading series, your medical professional will then talk to you about maintenance/booster doses.
- Duration will vary from individual to individual, and can last anywhere from a few weeks to 3 months. After the induction treatments, we begin to assess personalized booster treatment intervals.
- Please contact us with any specific medication questions that you may have. Some types, such as anti-anxiety medications, may interfere with infusions. We may ask that you discontinue these 48 hours prior to your infusions. Do not change or discontinue your medication regime without prescriber oversight. Ketamine infusions are not intended to replace currently prescribed medications.
- The most common side effects include a temporary rise in blood pressure during infusion, and some patients may experience mild nausea. Medical staff will monitor vitals throughout your treatment and provide anti-nausea meds prior to beginning the infusion.
Patients will experience a pleasant floating, dissociative state during the treatment. This “dream-like” state is where the curative effects of ketamine are experienced, and will quickly subside when treatment is over.
- Prior to arriving for your first session, please complete all intake paperwork provided via email.
- Wear comfortable clothing and bring your favorite blanket. If you don’t have one, we will be happy to provide one upon request.
- All clients MUST HAVE a designated driver to escort them, both to and from the infusion.
- Having a playlist of soothing music will greatly enhance the experience.
- It’s important that clients not eat for six hours prior to treatment, and drink no liquids for two hours prior to treatment.
- You will be escorted to a private room where your vitals will be taken, and where you will be made comfortable. The infusion will begin with most clients reporting a pleasant “floating” sensation during the treatment. You will be monitored for up to 30 minutes following your procedure.
- Unfortunately, most insurance plans DO NOT cover ketamine therapy. We will be happy to provide you with a Superbill documenting your treatment at Kismet Ketamine & Wellness Infusions that can be turned into your insurance for possible reimbursement. Kismet does not participate in any insurance plans at this time.
Ketamine Resources And Research
Ketamine therapy offers promising treatment options for chronic pain and a variety of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Before undertaking any new treatment, it’s important to conduct your own research to determine if ketamine therapy is right for you. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our medical and mental health professionals at Kismet Ketamine & Wellness Infusions.
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