How will you determine how many Ketamine Infusions I will need?
By experience with your type of pain, and observing your response to the first two infusions. You will recive a minimum of two and a maximim of ten infusions depending on your response.
How frequently are infusions scheduled?
The best results are achieved when infusions are administered on successive days.
Will someone need to come with me?
You may arrive alone but must have someone drive you home.
What about eating and drinking the day of the procedure?
Patients in the morning session must have no food or liquids after midnight the night before. A sip of water with medications is OK. Afternoon pateints may have clear liquids until 8:00am, then nothing other than medications with a sip of water.
Will Ketamine can cause hallucinations?
If given alone, Ketamine can cause hallucinations. To limit the occurrence of this side effect we administer midazolam, a benzodiazepine that is very effective. Only rarely will a patient have to stop treatment becasue of any of Ketamine's side effects.
How will I feel after the infusion?
Your thinking may be a bit cloudy and your walk unsteady for an hour or two after treatment. There will be a few more hours of tiredness. But, hopefully there will be a noticeable improvement in the pre-treatment level of your pain as well.
What is the goal of Ketamine Infusion?
What we want to achieve is a significiant improvement in the level of your pain. With a decrease in pain you can expect to increase your activity level and improve your overall quality of life.
How long will my pain relief last?
Following a series of infusions we want to see a prolonged period of significant pain relief measured in weeks to months. Most patients will need to return from time to time for a booster infusion to maintain that level of relief.
Can Ketamine help with the treatment of depression?
Yes, in some cases.