Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost?
The intake assessment is 60-90 minutes and is $325. Established patients can simply schedule a 30 minute follow up appointment. This appointment can be billed to your insurance, if you have a plan that we accept.
Each ketamine session is $425, these cannot be billed to your insurance and are considered an out of pocket expensive. Our protocol is 6 sessions, over 3-4 weeks. We will re-evaluate efficacy after 3 sessions. Research shows a series of ketamine sessions, over a short period of time, is more effective than a single ketamine treatment.
Can I eat and drink before treatment?
It is recommended that patients do not eat for 2-3 hours before treatment and do not drink for 1 hour before treatment to help prevent nausea.
How is the Ketamine given?
Our preferred method is intramuscular injection. This allows us to customize your dose and treatment, in a non-invasive way. We typically do a single low dose injection, then a second larger dose 10 minutes later. This allows us to monitor the patient and tolerability.
How long is the treatment and should I continue to take my medications?
We schedule 90 minutes for all ketamine sessions. Patients will experience a non-ordinary state of consciousness for about 30-45 minutes when the medication is delivered via intramuscular injection. Patients should continue to take all of their prescribed medications, unless told otherwise by their provider before treatment.
Can I drive and/or work after treatment?
No, patients cannot drive or operate heavy machinery after ketamine treatments. Patients will need a ride home after ketamine treatment sessions. Patients should also plan to not return to work on the day/s of their ketamine treatment.
What does ketamine treat and how well does it work?
Ketamine treats Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Addiction, mild to moderate OCD, Postpartum Depression, and Bipolar Depression.
Research supports ketamine response rates of greater than 70% for those struggling with depression. Clinical outcomes also support efficacy for other mental illnesses, and research is ongoing to further confirm this.
While treatment resistance to ketamine is low, it can happen. If a patient has not responded after 3 ketamine treatment sessions we recommend discontinuing treatment.
Who cannot receive ketamine treatment?
Patients with any of the following conditions:
Uncontrolled hypertension, glaucoma, history of vascular abnormalities, renal insufficiency, significant active substance abuse, severe liver disease, schizophrenia, and/or psychosis. We also cannot treatment women who are pregnant.
What side effects can happen?
- Some patients might experience nausea, we can give Zofran prior to or after the treatment to help prevent or treat nausea.
- Mild increase in blood pressure and/or heart rate, which will be monitored and treated if needed.
- Fatigue after the treatment