"You can't change the beginning, but you can start where you are andChange the Ending."
For 50 years, ketamine has been used to
safely start and maintain anesthesia- in
medical and in veterinary clinics. In recent years, ketamine has been revered for its revolutionary ability to successfully treat depression, anxiety and many common mood disorders off-label.
"...About 80% of people who were prescribed Ketamine showed relief from depressive symptoms. The benefits discovered placed Ketamine in the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, which encourages its use far and wide."
Will my insurance cover ketamine infusions?
Right now many insurance companies do not cover ketamine infusions. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for more information.
What age range is ketamine appropriate for?
Ketamine treatments for teens can begin at age 13 and can produce benefits for adults of any age. Consult your medical provider to obtain a prescription for your ketamine treatment before making an appointment. Dosages of ketamine are based not on age, but on the weight of the patient and are customized based on ketamine's effect on the patient.
Can I continue taking my regular prescription?
Generally, you can stay on your regular prescriptions. You are encouraged to continue working with your regular provider. It is important to know that Lamictal (Lamotrigine) may blunt the effects of ketamine. Pain killers are also known to hinder the effects of ketamine. We recommend staying off of any benzodiazepines for at least 4 weeks to be eligible for ketamine treatments. Benzodiazepines include: Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonoin, and Lorazepam.
Will I need to be on ketamine forever?
Ketamine is not a cure, rather a portion to the wholistic approach to treatment. We recommended having a treatment 1-3 times a week until you have reached 6 treatments. After the 6 treatments, we recommend coming in for boosters as needed. Many patients continue getting infusions once a month or once every coupe of months.
Why is ketamine called a "miracle drug"?
Yale Medicine reports ketamine being one of the biggest breakthroughs in depression research. Ketamine is referred to a miracle drug because of how quickly it works.
What are common side effects to ketamine treatments?
Some patients may experience dizziness, nausea, sleepiness or feelings of dissociation. These symptoms may be mild and generally pass quickly with rest.
How long should I refrain from alcohol before and after a ketamine infusion?
What does a ketamine infusion feel like?
When treatment begins, patients enter a dream-like state and may have some time perception distortion and disassociation, but they don’t fall asleep. Many patients will report feeling relaxed within a few minutes. We have a special “Relax” treatment room, where patients will settle into a soft leather recliner and begin their infusion therapy. Patients should plan for about an hour and a half for the whole experience.
How often will I need a ketamine infusion?
Does the clinic accomodate late evening and early morning appointments?
Absolutely. While our scheduling hours are only Monday and Friday from 8-12pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 8-5pm, we are willing to schedule ketamine sessions outside of those hours to accomodate your schedule.
What are the advantages of ketamine versus esketamine?
Ketamine treatment, rather than esketamine treatment, has distinct advantages. For example, the cost to procure esketamine approaches $1,000 a dose, and so your out-of-pocket cost after insurance is likely to be higher than our intravenous ketamine treatment. A study has shown that more than 70 percent of those who try intravenous ketamine see good results, but only 45 percent of esketamine nasal spray users reported relief. Affordable Ketamine Clinic offers the more effective and less expensive intravenous ketamine treatment.
Is ketamine FDA-aprroved?
The use of ketamine is on its way to becoming a mainstream treatment with the 2019 FDA approval of an isomer form of ketamine, called esketamine (Spravato, manufactured by Janssen), for mood disorder treatment, available only in a nasal spray that must be administered in a physician’s office.