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Ketamine Therapy

What is Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine, when used at high doses, is an effective anesthetic used in operating rooms. Ketamine therapy uses a low-dose nasal spray to treat medication-resistant depression. Ketamine therapy is a psychedelic-assisted therapy.

What Does Ketamine Therapy Consist Of?

Ketamine therapy is part of a larger treatment plan. You’ll visit us in-clinic for at least one ketamine dosing session, with complete clinical supervision for the duration. Before the dosing session, you’ll receive preparatory counseling. During the session, you’ll also participate in counseling with your clinician.

You’ll be supervised by medical staff for two hours after receiving the dose. The exact dosing and treatment schedule varies from person to person. When it comes to treatment-resistant depression, patients typically receive two nasal spray doses per week for up to four weeks, then once a week for the next four weeks. After week nine, patients visit once a week or once every two weeks for a single dose.

Are You Eligible for Ketamine Therapy?

Not every patient with a mental health or substance abuse disorder is considered a candidate for ketamine therapy. This line of treatment is often used with patients who are otherwise treatment-resistant. They’ve tried countless other antidepressant medications, only to discover those treatments are ineffective.

Patients who are dealing with medication resistant depression may be eligible. When you join the Magnified Health Systems family, you’ll undergo a thorough assessment. We’ll discuss your eligibility if our medical staff believes you may be a candidate. Generally, you’ve tried:

  • Various medication combinations and doses without any symptom relief
  • Other therapies, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Group or individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) without fully responding to it

And you do not have any contraindications, which include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • A previous negative response to ketamine therapy
  • History of psychosis or increased intracranial pressure
  • Heart disease

When to Consider Other Treatment Options

Ketamine therapy isn’t for everyone. If a patient doesn’t respond to ketamine IV infusions, additional infusions aren’t likely to help, so other treatments are necessary.

Ketamine infusions have side effects, and for some, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, if you have a history of high blood pressure, ketamine infusions could push your blood pressure to a dangerously high level. Ketamine infusions can also cause nausea, vomiting, dissociation, and perceptual disturbances.

If you find the idea of these side effects bothersome, another treatment option may be more appropriate. We provide ketamine therapy at our treatment center in South Florida.

FAQS

How does ketamine function?

The exact mechanism of ketamine action is unclear. Ketamine may be able to assist patients in managing their depression after other therapies have failed because it produces an antidepressant effect via a novel mechanism.

Is ketamine an approved medication?

Ketamine is a drug that a doctor may give to treat various forms of depression. It works as an anesthetic in medical settings. Ketamine therapy must be provided to patients in a clinic by a qualified medical professional.

What is the duration of the ketamine treatment?

Every patient responds to ketamine therapy a bit differently, but in general, patients get depression improvement for a few months following treatment. After the first treatment, patients can come back for supplemental therapies as needed.

Is ketamine able to treat depression?

Ketamine therapy is a secure and reliable substitute for SSRIs and other antidepressant medications. Patients with depression who have not responded well to previous treatments are prescribed it. Esketamine nasal spray is a depressive disorder therapy that has FDA approval.

Can the drug ketamine reduce anxiety?

There is evidence that ketamine infusion can help treat problems like anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and suicide ideation, in addition to the treatment-resistant depression that is the main focus of ketamine therapy.

Does insurance cover ketamine therapy?

Insurance providers typically do not cover the actual delivery of a ketamine infusion treatment. Because esketamine nasal spray has been FDA-approved as a depression treatment, some insurance companies will pay for it.

What does ketamine therapy cost?

The average cost of ketamine therapy for depression is $400 to $800 per session. Some insurance companies will cover this expense in whole or part, depending on the type of treatment and your insurance plan.

How long-lasting is ketamine therapy?

Ketamine does not need to be taken constantly for an extended period as other antidepressants need to treat depression. Over two to three weeks, there are a few ketamine therapy sessions every week. Following the initial sessions, patients frequently experience swift or immediate effects, and symptom reduction may continue for many months after the course of treatment. Patients often return for sporadic booster injections to extend the treatment's efficacy.

Does ketamine therapy make you feel high?

Although ketamine therapy is only used in relatively small dosages, you could have some short-term side effects while receiving it. Many individuals claim to feel relaxed, have floating sensations, or experience slight hallucinations; however, these effects quickly wear off. Some patients claim to feel exhausted following sessions; thus, they might not drive themselves home. After receiving the medication, the clinic will ask you to stay for 10 to 20 minutes to ensure you don't feel lightheaded when standing up.

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Find out if Ketamine Therapy is right for you

Ketamine Therapy is just one approach – if you or a loved one are ready to make a change, then let Magnified Health Systems help find the right treatment plan. Our team is standing by and ready to help you start your recovery journey. Call us today.
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