Primarily used to treat treatment-resistant depression at our clinic, ketamine infusion therapy is one of the greatest breakthroughs in mental health treatment in decades.
Ketamine has traditionally been used in surgery, but has a new use in psychiatry for treatment-resistant depression. When used in low doses, ketamine produces a rapid decrease in depression and suicidal ideation within 24 hours. Not everyone will respond to ketamine, but most will. Studies show more than 70% of people had a reduction in depression after receiving ketamine.
Ketamine is given as an IV infusion or intramuscular injection in doses much smaller than when used as anesthesia for surgery. One infusion of ketamine can result in a resolution of depression, immediately or within a few hours, and can last up to a week. Research has shown this anti-depressant effect can be lengthened if ketamine is administered in a series.
Frequently Asked Questions
A low dose of ketamine will be administered via IV infusion or IM injection. The treatment will last about 45 min. We encourage you to wear eye shades, listen to relaxing music, and focus inward during this time.
Ketamine's side effects wear off quite quickly; you will be able to return home about 20-30 minutes after treatment is complete. Patient are required to have another person drive them home. You should not drive for up to 6 hours following your ketamine treatment.