Ketamine Therapy FAQ
Q: What is Ketamine?
A: Ketamine is an FDA approved anesthetic with a remarkably safe track record in the operating room during surgery, including pediatric surgery. It’s on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. Studies conducted internationally and in the US have shown the use of ketamine to be highly effective for the treatment of pain and mood disorders.
Q: Is Ketamine addictive?
A: Ketamine is commonly used in medical settings for anesthesia and pain management. It does not have the same physically addictive properties as opioids, but has potential to be abused when used recreationally. When used within the medical model under expert supervision, numerous studies and our experience has shown that there is essentially no potential for addiction.
Q: How does Ketamine work?
A: Ketamine acts on the glutamate system, leading to increased levels of glutamine which in turn produce antidepressant effects. Ketamine “resets” your nervous system, and triggers the growth of new neural pathways and connections. It also works as a powerful anti-inflammatory; therefore, ketamine helps with both inflammatory and nerve pain. Ketamine shows excellent success in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and migraines.
Q: Are there any risks associated with Ketamine infusions?
A: The dose of ketamine we use at Limbic Medical is considered sub-anesthetic (a lower dose than a patient would get for surgery). We make sure all patients are monitored to ensure safety during the infusion. The infusion can quickly be decreased or stopped if necessary.
Q: Am I a good candidate for Ketamine therapy?
A: Ketamine therapy has been shown to help treat a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and substance use. If you are struggling and conventional medications and methods have failed to provide relief, ketamine therapy has shown to be an effective treatment.
Q: What can I expect during my first appointment?
A: The appointment should take about 2 hours, starting with a 20-30 minute consultation with the doctor followed by the IV infusion treatment, which takes 45-55 minutes. After the infusion is over we will monitor you for 15-20 minutes until you are ready to leave.
While some patients may feel mild side effects during the treatment, Ketamine has no physical dependency properties and no recognized withdrawal syndrome.
Q: Who will be administering the infusion?
A: Doctor Atoian, a board certified anesthesiologist with 15 years of experience working with ketamine, will administer the infusion and guide you through the experience from start to finish.
Q: How many treatments would I need?
A: Scientific literature as well as our clinical practice shows that 5-6 infusions in a 2.5-3 week time period shows greatest improvement and efficacy. We charge $650/infusion which includes the consultation with the doctor.
Q: How much do you charge for ketamine treatments for mood disorders (i.e. depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, etc)?
A: $650/infusion, which includes the consultation with the doctor.
Q: How much do you charge for ketamine treatments for pain management (i.e. chronic pain, acute pain, CRPS, etc.)?
A: IV ketamine treatments for pain start at $650 and go up depending on time and dose of treatments. This also includes the consultation with the doctor.
Q: How much do you charge for at-home microdose ketamine treatments?
A: $350 for the initial telehealth consultation visit with the doctor, with a follow-up in 30-days that is $250. If at the 30-day mark the plan is to continue with the regimen the doctor will prescribe a 1 month supply with 1 refill. Once you are an established patient all virtual follow-ups are $250/visit.
Q: Will my insurance cover ketamine infusions?
A: Although the FDA approves ketamine for some medical purposes, they are not specifically approved for mood disorders and pain management. When ketamine infusions are prescribed for off-label purposes, they are not covered by insurance.
Q: Can I eat before the infusion?
A: Refrain from eating 3 hours prior to the infusion. You can have a glass of water up to 30 minutes before the infusion.
Q: How do you track responses to Ketamine therapy?
A: We use a data driven approach. We will be sending you outcome assessments using an online survey portal called OutcomeMD. You will be asked to complete an initial series of outcomes prior to starting any treatment plan. While on the treatment plan you will be asked to complete weekly surveys to track your progress. Both you and the doctor have access to this data and can track your progress. The assessments are all done virtually and can be completed via a link that is sent to your email or text.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
It’s hard to find words to convey just how deeply grateful I am to Dr. Atoian. Coming here for ketamine therapy has cured me of depression, anxiety and complex PTSD. I am still in awe of how happy, calm, safe, and content I feel on a daily basis.
Dr. Atoian is the best pain management doctor in the area. My nerve pain procedure was the greatest experience. I was in and out in an hour. He is very professional and takes such good care of me. He is up to date with the latest technology. I highly recommend Dr. Atoian
Dr. Atoian has been an absolute life saver! 7 months ago I developed a rare disorder called CRPS. Thanks to Dr. Atoian and his team I’ve been able to get back to life and I can’t thank him enough for giving me back a feeling of hope. I’m extremely happy to say that after his treatments I have absolutely no pain!
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