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Ketamine Injection Therapy

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What is Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine therapy is best described as a relaxation session where a person is administered a low dose of ketamine by a Licensed Health Professional. This could be done through IV or Injection (IM). The focus of this therapy is on assisting those with hard to treat depression, anxiety, trauma and/or chronic medical issues. A person must undergo intake and therapy sessions with a Mental Health Professional and get a referral/clearance from their Physician prior to receiving ketamine medicine.

ketamine FAQs
  • What is Ketamine therapy?
    Ketamine therapy is best described as a relaxation session where a person is administered a low dose of ketamine by a Licensed Health Professional. This could be done through IV or Injection (IM). The focus of this therapy is on assisting those with hard to treat depression, anxiety, trauma and/or chronic medical issues. A person must undergo intake and therapy sessions with a Mental Health Professional and get a referral/clearance from their Physician prior to receiving ketamine medicine. Ketamine as a sedative has been approved for the use as an anesthetic agent for decades. Unlike many other anesthetics, Ketamine does not suppress breathing, nor does it lower blood pressure. It had gotten a bad reputation because people have bought it on the streets and misused it. In LARGE doses it can cause a dissociative reaction (perception of being out of one’s body). However, the protocol for treating depression, ketamine, trauma or chronic pain calls for a much smaller dose (conscious sedation level).
  • How much does each medicine session cost?
    This will vary depending on private pay vs. group session, location, the number of sessions needed, dosage levels, nausea medication, and insurance benefits. Market prices vary from $550 to $1200 per session for medicine sessions. Counseling sessions are generally $300 for intake session and $200 per session thereafter (1 to 5 sessions average). Insurance benefits usually cover most of the mental health portion of this process, even when ketamine medicine isn't covered. Please contact your insurance company customer service for details.
  • Does insurance cover ketamine therapy?
    Most insurance companies will reimburse for ketamine therapy. Tricare and BCBS of MN does NOT reimburse for ketamine therapy (BCBS of TX or Illinois does reimburse). The other insurance companies may pay but it is important to contact customer service to be certain about your specific policy benefits. Note: Your Physician needs to verify that you meet qualifications, as well as an approval to be faxed to us at 6514642289 or email to Susanpearson68@beyondthebraintherapies.com to be able to schedule.
  • Why is Ketamine therapy used to treat depression?
    Psychiatric use of Ketamine is making a positive impact on those with hard to treat mental health and chronic physical pain. It was approved for use in the 1970s but only recently has it been approved for this specific treatment. There is a growing number of scientific research papers indicating that patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc. benefit from Ketamine infusions (Approximately 82 percent success rate - See Research). Ketamine impacts the glutamate receptors in such a positive way that causes changes in the receptors of the brain. This impacts moods, perceptions, emotions, cognitions, and the entire body.
  • What is a typical treatment regimine?
    We will start with the injection regimen of 0.5 mg/kg administered over 40 minutes. The dose may be adjusted for the subsequent treatments. We suggest a total of 6 treatments. Every patient will be reassessed after two treatments to see if there is an improvement in the condition we are treating. The effects of Ketamine usually subside after 4-6 weeks and “booster” treatments may become necessary.
  • What happens after the medicine session?
    Patients can expect to feel somewhat disorientated and relaxed. A driver is needed for transportation, Uber/Lift or medical transportation is acceptable. One should plan to hydrate and lay low for up to 24 hours after the session. Some patient's report feeling nauseated or a bit dizzy but this usually dissipates soon after the session. Emotions may go up and down so continued therapeutic support is standard. Some will complete the medicine therapy after the first ketamine session. The average administration is once a week for 5 to 6 consecutive weeks.
  • Can I drive after the ketamine session?
    You are expected to have a driver. We encourage you not to drive for up to 24 hours after ketamine therapy sessions. There is a transportation waiver that will need to be signed by patient and driver both at the time of check in and release.
  • Are there potential side effects to ketamine therapy?
    Clinical studies show minimal side effects associated with conscious level ketamine sedation therapy . However, along with its needed effects, any medicine may cause some unwanted side effects. We carefully monitor your oxygen level, heart rate and blood pressure while you are in session. We ask that you communicate any changes in your health and experience. It is important to note that we are Licensed Health Professionals but not a hospital or medical clinic. Promptly communicate and check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur: Incidence not known to be side effects: Bloody or cloudy urine bluish lips or skin blurred or change in vision burning while urinating chest pain, discomfort, or tightness confusion confusion as to time, place, or person cough difficult, burning, or painful urination difficulty with swallowing dizziness dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position fainting fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat frequent urge to urinate. hives, itching, skin rash holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing loss of vision not breathing pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there seizures sweating trouble breathing unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness unusual tiredness or weakness Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them: Double vision dream-like state flushing or redness of the skin loss of appetite nausea pain at the injection site seeing double uncontrolled eye movements unusually warm skin vomiting weight loss Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
  • Should I be worried that I will get addicted to ketamine?
    Ketamine addiction or dependence is extremely unlikely from the treatments we offer. It is true that some people use Ketamine illicitly for recreational purposes, nut that is at a much larger dose. It goes by various names such as: special K, vitamin K, or Kit Kat. Pharmacologically it is related to other drugs of abuse such as PCP (also known as “angel dust”). However, so far no evidence exists that low dose Ketamine infusion treatment causes addiction.
  • How would I know if I am a good candidate for ketamine therapy?
    It is required that you discuss ketamine therapy with your regular physician and gain written approval. A recommendation from your Physician is required at our clinic for ketamine scheduling to proceed. A mental health intake and preparation session with the mental health team is your first step in the process and is required (this will include a full medical history). There are disqualifying factors that your Physician will be aware of and discuss with you prior to receiving ketamine medicine (i.e high blood pressure, certain medications, active substance abuse) and schizophrenia). It is no secret that there are millions of people in the United States suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-partum, migraines and PTSD. They struggle every day to perform simple tasks and even to stay alive. These patients have an extremely low quality of life. Conventional therapy and antidepressants do not give them the necessary relief. Ketamine treatment offers them hope.
  • What ages can receive ketamine therapy?
    Clinical studies have shown that ages 2 and up are eligible for Ketamine therapy. Spravato (Nasal Mist) is 18 years or older to be eligible.
  • Who should not proceed with ketamine therapy?
    There are a few. If you are pregnant, or suffer from a seizure disorder (epilepsy), uncontrolled chronic conditions (especially high blood pressure), some arrhythmias, or taking MAO inhibitors (such as Phenelzine) Ketamine treatment should not be administered. There are several other conditions that will prevent you from being treated with Ketamine. These will be addressed during the screening process and personalized interview/assessment with the doctor. In addition, people who are taking benzodiazepines (Valium type medications) may need to discontinue them, if possible, in order for the treatment to be effective.
  • How will I know if ketamine therapy is working for me?
    You will experience relief from depression, anxiety, trauma and pain symptoms. People who have benefited from treatments state that "Ketamine is a game changer!" "I haven't felt this good since I was in elementary school." The benefits will be personal to each person. Some report "after each session I felt better and better." Focus, concentration, hope, energy, sleep routine changes for the better, movement and more.
  • What is the goal of ketamine therapy?
    The goal of ketamine therapy is emotional and/or physical pain relief. To offer a patient treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, and pain in a way that nothing else does. By activating the brain's glutamate receptors, it creates possibilities that physical, cognitive and emotional transformation may occur. There are three principal advantages of Ketamine treatment: Safety. All treatments are administered under the direct supervision of a licensed health care professional. Side effects and contraindications to Ketamine infusions are very few. Rapid response. Unlike medications currently used for the treatment of depression and other disorders listed above, patients’ response to Ketamine is very quick. People who benefit from the treatment have reported improvements as soon as within 24 hours. By the second or third session, treatment is definitive. The Ketamine sessions build on one another to increase the benefits. Efficacy. Clinical studies have shown up to 82 percent of people have positive outcomes after ketamine therapy. Others state that on average, 2 out of 3 people (67%) will benefit from Ketamine therapy. The success rate is reported as high as 70-80%, which is much better than the treatment with conventional antidepressants alone. *The University of Minnesota has just finished new clinical trials and the outcomes were positive. Researching the data can offer you substantial peace of mind.
  • How long does each medicine session last?
    Medicine sessions are one hour.
  • What is the space like that the medicine is administered in?
  • Who is going to be supporting me through this process?
    Our RN will be overseeing your care while you are in ketamine therapy sessions. If you would like to bring someone along to sit in the room with you or stay in the lobby that is a possibility. We encourage you to relax and rest in the safety of the warm space we have prepared for your time in session. With that said, we understand that you may want to have someone who you know to sit by your side. Above all, we want you to feel comfortable and safe.
  • Is ketamine therapy safe?
    When properly administered by a trained medical professional, ketamine is a safe and valuable medication. It has been used for both humans and animals since 1970 and the FDA has now approved it for conscious level sedation for the treatment of depression and more. Note: Ketamine is not a natural substance. It is a controlled substance and created like other medicines in the pharmaceutical arena. It is approved and governed by the FDA and controlled by the DEA. *Used in recreational settings, however, ketamine abuse can produce unpredictable physical and mental health results. In the long term, it can lead to psychological damage and, in some cases, death.

To Begin Ketamine Therapy:

First Step: Mental Health/Medical Intake ($300)

Second Step: Physician Referral Needed

Third Step:   Mental Health Session for Preparation May need 1 to 3 sessions ($200 each /Ins.)

Ketamine Therapy Process

Medicine Sessions are Intermuscular

(60-90 minutes)

 (Number of Sessions will vary depending upon the individual response.   Average is 5 to 6 sessions)

$550/session for a single patient 

$475/session for 2 or more people

Payment options:

Insurance

Health Savings Account

Credit Card

Cash

PayPal

Things to Note:

We are a highly trained, experienced and specialized team of medical & mental health professionals.  We are not a medical clinic or hospital but have emergency help available within 3 to 5 miles from our facility.   We will collaborate with your healthcare team. 

 

It is necessary to obtain written approval from Physician.

 

It is also necessary to go through the intake process with mental health team.  We do accept collaboration/documentation from outside mental health professionals.

While the process is relaxing and low risk, there is no way for us to predict how you will respond to the medicine.  It is essential for you to discuss this with your physician.  

 

It is also important for you to register your medical portal account with us.

Your personal goals, intentions, and safety matter most to us! We do this because we want your best in life!

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