What patients are candidates for Ketamine Treatment?
Can my primary care provider refer me?
Why doesn't my regular doctor treat patients with Ketamine?
What age groups do you treat?
How do I know Ketamine is safe?
Can I develop bladder problems from Ketamine?
When administered in small doses by a qualified provider, Ketamine has not been shown to lead to long-term side effects, including bladder damage.
Ketamine-related bladder cystitis has been documented, but only in patients who abused it in very high doses.
Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy cause addiction?
Ketamine infusion treatments have been researched extensively, and there are no reports of patients developing addiction. Ketamine addiction is only documented in individuals who abuse it as a “party drug” in large amounts and without medical supervision.
What are the possible side effects?
Can I continue taking my medications?
In order to maximize your response to Ketamine treatment, please let us know of any medications or illicit substances that you are using. Your safety is our main priority!
Can I eat on the day of my infusion?
How many treatments will I need?
Number of ketamine infusion treatments depends on your medical condition and medical history. We recommend six treatments over two to three weeks for mood disorders and 3-10 infusions for pain conditions.
How will I feel during my infusions?
Will I feel better immediately?
Studies show that Ketamine is effective in about 70-80% of patients who are treated for mood disorders. Occasionally, patients feel better soon after the first infusion, but the majority of patients report improvement after 2-3 treatments. For some patients, it takes the whole 6 infusions, and sometimes more to feel better. Some patients will notice a very slow improvement and for some the relief is quick and drastic.
Patients being treated for pain disorders do not feel relief as quickly. For some, relief does not come until a couple of weeks later.
Can I drive home?
Driving following Ketamine infusion is not safe. You will be required to have a responsible adult to take you home following your treatment (Uber is not acceptable). Driving for the rest of the day is not recommended.
What is maintenance therapy?
It is believed that initial treatment of Ketamine restores brain function and maintenance, or a “booster” dose is all that is required once patients start experiencing some symptoms again.
Does my insurance policy cover Ketamine treatments?
Insurance coverage for Ketamine treatment varies. We suggest that you call your insurance carrier beforehand to find out if your policy will cover Ketamine treatment. BKC will provide billing codes which you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. We collect the fees at the time of your treatment. We accept cash and credit card payments. If you are interested in financing options, please let us know and we will help guide you through the process.
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