Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate of ketamine infusions?
Initiation of ketamine infusion treatment is based on the recommendation of a physician. Candidates include patients with persistent symptoms of depression that have not responded to other treatment options.
What are the risks of ketamine infusions?
Common risks include feelings of lightheadedness, exhilaration, perceptual changes, disorientation, floating sensations, difficulty concentrating, difficulty paying attention, difficulty remembering a short list of items, and a temporary mild increase in blood pressure. Other rare risks associated with infusion treatment will be reviewed with you prior to your first infusion.
How long does it take for a ketamine infusion to work?
When given intravenously, the antidepressant action of ketamine can develop within 1-2 hours of the infusion, depending on each person’s metabolic profile. Some may not experience notable changes until the Acute Phase of treatment is complete. Studies on ketamine infusion efficacy have indicated a general improvement in mood following the third repeat treatment. It is most common for patients to see gradual improvements that continue to improve over time.
What are the immediate side effects associated with ketamine infusions?
Patients commonly feel tired or groggy following an infusion. Some patients experience mild nausea, lightheadedness, perceptual changes, difficulty paying attention, and might have a mild increase in blood pressure following an infusion. Any persistent side effects that may be experienced typically subside within a few hours and resolve by the following day.
- Maltbie, E. A., Kaundinya, G. S., & Howell, L. L. (2017). Ketamine and pharmacological imaging: use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate mechanisms of action. Behavioural pharmacology, 28(8), 610–622. https://doi.org/10.1097/FBP.0000000000000354
- McCloud TL, Caddy C, Jochim J, et al. Ketamine and other glutamate receptor modulators for depression in bipolar disorder in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;(9):CD011611. Published 2015 Sep 29. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011611.pub2
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