The Ketamine Infusion Experience
What you should expect during Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
Ketamine is a safe and effective way to relieve symptoms associated with depression and other mood disorders. While it was traditionally used as a general anesthetic, it has been approved for medicinal purposes outside of its first intended use. Anesthesiologists use Ketamine in the operating room at much higher doses during general surgery to put patients to sleep. The lower doses offered during ketamine infusion therapy are safe and proven to reduce symptoms associated with depression and other mood disorders.
While Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication, it is essential that individuals are monitored by a professional who specializes in Ketamine infusion therapy, to ensure that proper protocols are followed and all safety precautions are taken.
During the Infusion
Individuals should expect to have the Ketamine administered intravenously. This means that a needle will be used to attach an IV to the arm so that the medication can be administered in a safe and controlled manner. Keep in mind, other methods of ketamine administration don’t offer consistent absorption and efficacy. The patient’s vital signs will be monitored throughout the entire infusion process.
At first, a patient may not feel any symptoms. After a few moments, patients often feel a tingling sensation on their lips or arms and legs, which is a normal reaction. Ketamine creates a “dissociative” state or awareness which could be unsettling at first; but, ultimately described by most as being relaxing. Some patients may feel slight nausea; but this passes momentarily. An anti-nausea medication may be given intravenously in order to treat this. Other potential side effects may include dizziness, faintness, or an increase in blood pressure or heart rate. Medication may be given, if necessary to treat these. Side effects pass quickly after the infusion is complete.
Overall, most people find the Ketamine infusion therapy experience to be calming and pleasant. Patients can have the peace of mind, knowing that they are constantly being monitored by a highly qualified medical staff.
After Infusion Therapy
Following the treatment, you may experience slight symptoms as mentioned above. You should not drive a car or operate heavy machinery for the rest of the day. Your improvements will be assessed each infusion session to make sure you are being treated appropriately. The results of the treatment will vary individually, based on your mental health history, severity and duration. Maintenance or “booster” infusions may be necessary; the intervals will depend on your specific situation and the collaborative recommendations of your mental health provider.
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