The Ketamine IV Procedure
Each ketamine infusion procedure is administered in our state-of-the-art facility in Torrington, Wyoming. We discourage eating or drinking anything for four hours before your scheduled appointment to minimize the chances of nausea. You may enjoy clear liquids up to two hours before your appointment. The procedure begins with you relaxing in one of our comfortable infusion chairs in a private room where we connect you to blood pressure, oxygen, pulse, EKG, and other monitors. Ketamine is a very safe drug when used responsibly by a clinician, and we take all precautions to ensure your comfort and safety. We will locate a suitable vein on your arm, wrist, or hand and insert a very tiny needle with a tube right under the skin’s surface. Most patients are surprised at how painless this process is, even those who are scared of needles. Our medical team trains rigorously to ensure they start most IVs on the first attempt. After the IV is established, we remove the needle and all that remains in your arm is a small, soft tube so there is no discomfort when moving. We then connect the tube to a syringe with your tailored dose in a special digital infusion pump. Unlike most clinics, we do not use IV bags, we use digital infusion pumps that can be precisely programmed to administer a very fine-tuned rate to infuse the medicine. Should you need more or less medicine during an infusion, the press of a few buttons causes a change in the amount you are receiving within one minute. Our superior results are partly due to this crucial personalization and continuity of care.
We start the infusion at a target dose to ensure proper delivery into the bloodstream. Your intravenous infusion therapy is 50-55 minutes and you will need to stay seated in your chair the entire time. Once the infusion is complete and you are stable, we will remove the tube from your arm and apply a small bandage.
Frequently asked questions
What to Expect During a Ketamine Infusion Procedure
Many patients ‘tune out’ and listen to relaxing music that we provide while enjoying our premium noise-canceling headphones. Patients generally close their eyes and relax with our soft silk eye masks that we offer during the procedure. Ketamine reaches the brain within seconds and some people report a sense of disassociation where they lose awareness of their body. This is not usually unpleasant in any way but can be startling to some patients.
What if I’m Anxious?
If you are an anxious person by nature, you may experience some tension and a heightened state of anxiety as your treatment begins. The important thing to remember is that the treatment is safe and you are in expert hands in a fully staffed medical facility with all the necessary monitoring equipment. Our team is highly trained to handle a wide variety of situations and when needed, additional medications can be administered to aid in relaxation.
Will it Make Me Nauseous?
Our physicians and nurses will monitor you for comfort and effect during treatment to see how you are responding to infusion therapy. In some cases, feelings of nausea occur, particularly in people who suffer from motion sickness. This is almost always managed with an antiemetic given before, during and/or after your infusion.
What are the Success Rates of Ketamine Infusions?
It is reported up to 90% of patients respond favorably to ketamine infusion therapy. 70% of patients show symptom relief after just one infusion, while 85-90% of patients display symptom improvement after undergoing a three-week treatment regime.
Some patients will require maintenance, or “booster” infusions, every two to four months afterwards, depending on their unique symptoms and physiology.
Is Ketamine Safe?
Ketamine infusions are considered very safe. Ketamine has seen wide usage as an anesthetic in adults and children since the 1960s, and even at anesthetic doses (about 2-6 times higher than the dose used to treat depression), the treatment is safe.
Ketamine does not cause side effects that oral antidepressants often cause, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction, etc.