Ketamine is an anesthetic used for surgical procedures. It regulates the flow of neurotransmitters. A low-dose infusion has been used for over 20 years to treat PTSD, OCD, postpartum depression, Bipolar, anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, migraines, and complex regional pain condition. Many studies have found a success rate of 70% or higher. Ketamine has very minimal short-term side effects and results are usually seen after the second or third infusion.
It is recommended to receive 5-6 infusions over 2-3 weeks then maintenance infusions every 2 weeks up to 3months. The infusions take around 1 1/2 hours. You will need a driver and do not eat or drink 3 hours before your infusion. An IV is inserted and medication delivered over 40 minutes. During the procedure, you may experience a dissociation or lightness of your body. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels will be monitored during the infusion by a licensed, trained provider. You may bring music to listen to and your own eye mask if you like. We will work with your mental health provider or physician to develop a plan just for you.