Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that came into clinical use in the 1960-70s. Ketamine has several benefits as an anesthetic, including cardiac and respiratory stability. Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic, meaning it can cause an “out-of-body” experience. Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, and hallucinations. In the early 2000s, researchers discovered ketamine’s effects on treating depression. Since that time, intravenous (IV) ketamine has been used widely for its rapid and relatively sustained effects on treating not only depression, but other disorders, as well, including bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ketamine starting protocols typically consist of six infusions once per week (or sometimes given every 2-3 days over two weeks). We currently provide single weekly infusion therapy each Monday. 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 often given as needed and dictated by patient response.
- Major Depression
- Bipolar Depression
- Postpartum Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Chronic Pain Disorders
The Infusion Experience
After meeting our ketamine infusion criteria, you will be given instructions by the MAC Wellness Center team regarding what to expect on the first infusion day.