What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic agent that was originally used in the 1960s to treat war veteran’s acute pain. At subanesthetic doses (doses below the amount necessary for general anesthesia), it is useful for the treatment of major depression, chronic pain and other conditions.
Is Ketamine FDA approved?
The use of Ketamine for the treatment of major depression is considered investigational by the Food & Drug Administration, although it is FDA approved medication for anesthesia it is not FDA approved for other uses. If ketamine is a recommended part of your plan of care, it is completely voluntary.
How effective is Ketamine?
According to small clinical trials, low dose oral ketamine is efficient for over 70% of subjects. The effects of a single dose can las 1-7 days. Many patients are able to discontinue ketamine and maintain improvement of symptoms. Like all medical treatments, there is no guarantee that ketamine therapy or treatment will be successful.
Do I have to do Ketamine treatment if the doctor ordered it?
Ketamine treatment is completely voluntary, discuss with Dr. Michelle Weiner if this plan of care is right for you. Ketamine infusions can stop at any time you wish.
What are potential side effects of Ketamine?
Side effects can include dizziness, blurry vision, nightmares, perceptual disturbances, confusion, elevated blood pressure, elevated heart rate, euphoria, fatigue and nausea. These side effects typically begin 30 minutes to 3 hours post administration no matter if given intramuscular, oral or intravenous.
What should I do prior to my Ketamine treatment?
Do not eat at least 3 hours prior to your Ketamine treatment, regardless if intramuscular, oral or intravenous. Practice your intent prior to the Ketamine session, ensure that your set and setting are comfortable for you. Bring eyeshades, headphones and a source of music.
What should I avoid after my Ketamine treatment?
Please avoid driving, participating in hazardous activities or making important decisions for 12-24 hours. The therapeutic benefit of Ketamine is best combined with mindfulness awareness practices such as meditation, journaling, yoga, coaching and therapy.
Are there any risks involved in Ketamine treatment?
There is a small risk of habituation and problematic use with ketamine. Addiction has been very rarely seen in investigational studies for use in depression, very rare issues have arisen in many decades that it has been used for anesthesia. As always, consult with your doctor to determine if this treatment is right for you.
What happens after my treatment?
You will be evaluated to determine what the next steps are in your plan of care with Dr. Michelle Weiner. If you are prescribed home lozenges, you must take the exact dose as schedule and keep a log of the date, time and dose.
What if I have any questions?
Feel free to ask any question, any time. We want to ensure you are comfortable with your experience.