Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is ketamine?
Ketamine is a medicine historically used for anesthesia during surgeries and medical procedures. Ketamine is now being used to treat chronic pain disorders, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain. This medication has a long track record for its safety when used appropriately.
Q2: How does it work?
Ketamine works directly on different types of receptors, which regulate and control the way the brain communicates with the body. Essentially, it blocks the pain pathways, which allows the body to reprogram itself resulting in symptom relief from many diseases and disorders.
Q3: Do I need to stop any of my medications?
Please inform the provider if you take any of the following medications: MAOI’s (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors), benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, etc.) and lamotrigine (Lamictal). We advise not taking these medications the night before or day of your infusion.
Q4: How am I going to feel during the infusion?
Some patients report feeling like they are in a dream or feel sedated. Some feel like they have changes in their thought process, vision, and or speech. If you experience unwanted sensations or unpleasant hallucinations, we may decrease the amount of the medication or how fast we infuse it to minimize these experiences. Remember, there will always be a healthcare professional close by making sure you are safe and well taken care of during your infusion.
Q5: How am I going to feel after the infusion?
The appointment may take up to an hour and a half to two hours due to the recovery time after the infusion.
Q6: How long is the ketamine infusion and recovery?
Many patients recover 20-30 minutes after the infusion. You may feel a little tired, notice a mild difficulty in walking, or even “cloudy thinking” for a few hours after. We advise you to take it easy, and have a relaxing day following the infusion. We will make sure you are ready and safe after your infusion.
Q7: How long the results will last?
A single infusion typically lasts anywhere from a few days to a month. We recommend a series of 3 infusions to prolong the benefits of infusion therapy.