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Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that blocks pain and has been used to treat children, adults, animals, and soldiers for more than 50 years. More recently, ketamine has been a valuable and highly effective treatment for patients with depression, suicidal ideations, anxiety, certain pain disorders, and other afflictions. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines.
Depression, anxiety, pain, and other types of stress can damage the communication system between the areas of the brain responsible for memory, learning, and higher-order thinking. Unlike antidepressants, which work by shifting the balance of brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, ketamine stimulates neuron growth and helps your brain cells communicate better with each other.
Ketamine therapy can help treat a broad spectrum of conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, major depression, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), nerve-related pain, pain syndromes, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postpartum depression, suicidal ideation, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) among others.
When administered in a controlled medical setting by a properly trained physician using established methods, such as at Therapy Reset, ketamine is very safe.
Ketamine can help patients who have not experienced full relief of depression, pain or other conditions from traditional medications and therapies.
Ketamine infusion therapy at Therapy Reset is legal, safe, and administered according to strict clinical protocols and oversight.
Ketamine has the potential to be addictive, but it is highly unlikely in the setting of professionally monitored, low-dose infusions. Globally, ketamine is the most commonly used medicine to safely sedate adults and children during medical procedures and operations. Ketamine, when compared with other medications such as morphine and other opioids used in hospitals, has a much lower potential for dependency.
The main difference between intravenous, intramuscular, oral, intranasal patched delivery is the amount of ketamine that is absorbed into the bloodstream. Some physicians prefer one over the other, just as some patients prefer receiving one over the other. There is varying evidence for all methods of delivery for ketamine.
Ketamine is an old drug, and its patent expired decades ago. Because of this, the drug is inexpensive to manufacture generically, so it will never be extremely profitable to large pharmaceutical companies. Also, some of the most prominent ketamine researchers argue that the benefits of using ketamine widely are outweighed by the need to conduct more studies on long-term safety and efficacy. Some doctors feel that the brief dissociative effect some patients experience during treatment is reason enough not to use it in clinical practice. Finally, many psychiatrists oppose ketamine therapy.
Ketamine therapy is administered intravenously and should be given by a highly trained physician comfortable with management of unforeseen complications that lead to vital sign impairment. These complications are very rare, but for this reason, your family doctor does not administer ketamine.
Clinics such as Therapy Reset focus on ketamine therapy for depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mood disorders. Our anesthesiologists and pain management specialists have extensive experience with ketamine and know how to perform infusions.
There are a small number of US clinics that focus on ketamine therapy for depression, bipolar, PTSD, and other mood disorders. Beyond those, anesthesiologists and pain management specialists (“pdocs”) have the most experience with ketamine and are the most likely to be willing to perform infusions. Therapy Reset is actively opening offices throughout Utah. Call for more information on available locations near you.
Questions About Ketamine,
Therapy Cost, Insurance Coverage, And Financing
We do not prescribe any drugs outside of the center.
Therapy Reset offers competitive pricing for ketamine infusion therapy. Our fees cover the full patient journey, including long-term monitoring, clean private infusion rooms, and any additional medicines needed for comfort during your treatments. Please give us a call at 801-626-6027 to learn more about how much this transformative therapy costs on a case-by-case basis.
At this time, the majority of insurance companies do not pay for ketamine therapy treatments for either pain or psychiatric conditions. Insurance companies view ketamine for these purposes as investigational or experimental. However, it is considered a valid health savings account expense.
We accept cash, HSA cards, credit or debit card.
We recommend visiting advancecarecard.com to learn more about affordable patient financing options.
Medical Questions About the Ketamine
Therapy Patient Experience
We do not prescribe any drugs outside of the center.
Recently, the FDA approved esketamine, a ketamine nasal spray, for adults with treatment-resistant depression. It will be marketed under the name Spravato.
Although Spravato will be given via the nose, patients must still physically go to a physician’s office for each treatment. They will also have to be monitored post-administration for at least two hours. There is no guarantee Spravato will be covered by insurance, and a one-month treatment 6-series will cost from $4,720 to $6,785(approx $900ea), according to the drug’s maker.
The most effective way to deliver ketamine is intravenously. Clinical testing shows that optimal patient outcomes require a precision that is impossible to achieve via oral or intranasal administration.
Veterinary doctors have long used ketamine to safely sedate animals, especially horses, either in the clinic or in the field for procedures.
In addition to dulling pain, ketamine makes users feel like they’re detached from their own body. This out-of-body sensation has made it a popular club or party drug, and it goes by nicknames such as “Special K.”
If you are thinking about taking street ketamine in hopes of achieving the benefits of clinic-administered ketamine therapy, know that it can be dangerous and ineffective. Ketamine’s therapeutic effects depend on it being administered in an exact, controlled way that cannot be achieved in a recreational setting. You cannot know that the substance you’re taking is actually ketamine or if it has been mixed with other substances. Because ketamine is an anesthetic, you can seriously injure yourself while under its influence if you are not in a controlled medical setting.
Some drugs, such as any dose of a benzodiazepine, will reduce the effectiveness of Ketamine.
Any medical condition that is not well managed would preclude someone from treatment, including high blood pressure, heart or lung problems, thyroid disease, active substance abuse, current manic phase of bipolar disorder, or active psychotic symptom could exclude you from treatment. Make sure to disclose all pre-existing health conditions to your treatment provider.
Ketamine is typically well tolerated. Any side effects experienced as a result of ketamine infusions will go away within an hour of treatment. Commonly reported side effects during treatment include an altered mental state, feeling disconnected or in a dreamlike state. Some patients may experience a slight elevation in blood pressure, confusion, blurred vision, slurred speech, nausea, and vomiting. Most of these side effects usually subside shortly after the infusion.
Questions About the Ketamine
Therapy Patient Experience
Please give us a call at 385-626-6027 to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members about how you can begin ketamine therapy.
Usually, ketamine is administered intravenously in small doses over 40 minutes.
Most people start with about six doses over a period of three to six weeks. Some patients require maintenance boosters every few weeks or several months after the first six treatments.
Recent studies show that ketamine therapy can have long-lasting effects on depression, even though the drug only stays in the body a short time.
Most patients who respond to ketamine therapy find that a single infusion can give several days of relief from symptoms such as anxiety, anhedonia, physical fatigue, cognitive impairment, insomnia, and others. Multiple infusions over several days can result in symptomatic relief that lasts for weeks. There are very few patients who use ketamine long-term.
Many patients feel better during the treatment itself. Others notice a marked improvement in mood or pain levels within a day of treatment.
While every person’s experience can be different, most patients report feelings of euphoria and a “dream-like” state during the course of their infusion. Some patients report feeling dizzy, getting a sensation of floating or flying, blurred vision, nausea and rarely hallucinations.
No. The ketamine therapy infusion dosage is not enough to make you sleep. However, you may feel a bit drowsy during and shortly after the treatment.
At Therapy Reset we aim to help our patients receive the maximum benefits of ketamine therapy with the fewest side effects. While low doses may cause temporary feelings of euphoria, it will not produce the same reaction as the street drug creates.
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