Affordable Ketamine Clinic

Ketamine for Depression, Anxiety and Mood Disorders 

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"You can't change the beginning, but you can start where you are andChange the Ending."
-CS Lewis
About Ketamine
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."

-Deborah Serani Psy.D.

 

FAQS

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. Learn more here: https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/ketamine-the-new-miracle-drug/




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?


Patients should avoid alcohol for a few days before their treatment. We strongly encourage patients to live a healthy lifestyle, which has positive effects on their ketamine treatment. A healthy lifestyle includes refraining from recreational drugs, avoiding alcohol or using it only in moderation, steering clear of smoking and vaping, eating healthy foods, and engaging in regular exercise and meditation.




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?


Ketamine treatments for depression and other health conditions are customized. Generally, a patient starts with an initial series of six infusions over two to three weeks. After the initial series, they may benefit from receiving additional maintenance treatments at one- to three-month intervals. You decide when the effects of an infusion have diminished, and consult with our providers for a customized booster schedule that fits your needs.




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.





 
Is Ketamine right for me?
 
Ketamine for Depression
Treatment

"One likely target for ketamine is NMDA receptors in the brain. By binding to these receptors, ketamine appears to increase the amount of a neurotransmitter called glutamate in the spaces between neurons. Glutamate then activates connections in another receptor, called the AMPA receptor..."

Ketamine for Anxiety
Treatment

"“This is a game changer,” says John Krystal, MD, chief psychiatrist at Yale Medicine. The drug works differently than those used previously, he notes, calling ketamine “the anti-medication” medication. When you take ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow..."

Ketamine for PTSD
Treatment

"Ketamine-mediated synaptic plasticity changes appear to occur within a matter of hours after ketamine administration. “The current thinking is that eventually, 6 to 12 weeks after initiating treatment with traditional antidepressants, dendritic growth and increased synaptic connections occur but with ketamine, these can occur within 24 hours of the infusion,” Dr Masand said..."

Ketamine for OCD
Treatment

"Patients reported dramatic decreases in their obsessive-compulsive symptoms midway through the 40-minute infusion, according to the study. The diminished symptoms lasted throughout the following week in half of the patients. Most striking were comments by the patients quoted in the study: “I tried to have OCD thoughts, but I couldn’t...” 

Ketamine for
Treatment
Bi-polar

"40 minutes after receiving ketamine, their depressive symptoms lessened significantly. This improvement remained significant through day 3. The drug-difference effect size was largest on day 2. In some cases, patients experienced relief up to a week after one ketamine infusion. 71%  of the subjects responded to ketamine..."

Ketamine for Suicide 

"The trial enrolled 18 patients with acute suicidal ideation who required hospitilization. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either intravenous ketamine or a saline placebo. After 90 minutes of infusion, 88% of the ketamine group had achieved remission of suicidal ideation compared with 33% of the placebo group..." 

 
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