ABOUT KETAMINE

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been used for many years to induce sedation and general anesthesia. More recently, researchers discovered ketamine’s effects in treating depression. Since this discovery in the early 2000’s ketamine has been used widely for its rapid and relatively sustained effects in treating not only depression, but also other disorders. Some of these include bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidality, chronic pain and addiction.

Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic, meaning it can cause an “out-of-body” experience for some patients. Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, transient high blood pressure, hallucinations, dizziness and sedation.

At the MAC Wellness Center, ketamine protocols typically consist of six infusions, once per week for 6 weeks. We currently provide these services on Mondays. All infusions are administered over 40 minutes while under the care of a board-certified physician anesthesiologist and registered nurse. A “booster’ or maintenance infusion of ketamine is offered as often as needed as dictated by patient response.

MAC offers IV ketamine infusion therapy as an adjunct to the patient’s primary mental health professional treatment plan.

TESTIMONIALS

The ketamine infusions have changed my life. I’m extremely treatment resistant in regards to my depression and anxiety, and this is the only thing that has worked long-term to keep me fully functional and happy!

Summer C.

MAC has always done a great job helping me feel comfortable and safe during my infusions. I go here for ketamine infusions to treat depression and anxiety. The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly, and the doctors always take what I am saying seriously. I can’t speak about pain treatment, but they have quite literally saved my life from mental illness. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Andy H.

I was a little nervous about the procedure but the nurse and doctor providing my care were amazing. They both made feel very comfortable and the procedure went very well. Their number one priority is the well-being of the patient. These are truly great professional people. I would recommend them to anyone.

Greg H.

Extremely professional with great compassion and very sensitive to individual need! I wouldn’t even think of using another provider!

Diane M.

I have always received excellent care from this group!  Their expertise backed by such compassion is something I am truly grateful to have!

Staci R.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

While some people see an instant relief of depression symptoms, more commonly there will be a slow, sustained improvement over the course of several infusions. We have seen an overall 70% response rate since 2016. Many patients do not notice any changes until days or weeks after the last treatment in their series.

We recommend a series of six ketamine infusions, given once a week.  Some people will notice a return of symptoms, and then will return for a maintenance infusion or “booster” treatment.  We tailor the specific ketamine dosage and infusion schedule to each patient.

We use a standard starting dose of 0.5 mg/kg over 40 minutes.  Subsequent infusions will be based on your response to treatment and side effects of ketamine.

The cost per single infusion is $500. Ketamine infusion therapy for depression is considered an “off-label” use and is not a service typically reimbursed by insurance companies. As such, patients are expected to cover the costs of their treatments. We are happy to provide a receipt to any patients requesting one so that you may submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement. We accept all major credit cards to include flex spending cards.

Yes, a referral/acknowledgement from your psychiatrist or primary care provider is currently required along with a copy of your last office visit/health check-up.

The most common side effect is nausea.  Most patients will receive an antiemetic medication prior to ketamine infusion therapy to prevent nausea/vomiting.  A rise in blood pressure is common during ketamine therapy, but is typically transient and does not require intervention.  Some patients experience hallucinations or an out-of-body experience, but not usually severe enough to discontinue treatment.

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication and causes sedation/drowsiness even at the relatively low doses used for treatment of depression.  It is necessary to have someone drive you home after your infusion.  We also recommend that you take it easy after arriving home, do not operate heavy machinery, sign any contracts, or participate in sports activities or other potentially risky behaviors.

None of our patients have become addicted to ketamine.  Ketamine has worked wonders for many people who are suffering despite treatment with multiple other modalities (antidepressant medications, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy).  IV Ketamine often becomes one treatment in an overall regimen that may include talk therapy, oral medications, and care by a primary care provider.

We are currently offering Ketamine infusions every Monday, starting at 8 am.