Before Your Infusion
Please call us for a free telephone consultation. We will ask you some basic questions which will help us determine if you are a candidate for Ketamine treatment.
Schedule your physical exam with our provider. Please have your primary care provider fax your medical records to us for review.
The Baltimore Ketamine team will work closely with your current provider to develop a treatment plan that is best suited for your condition. After we identify the correct treatment plan we will schedule your first infusion.
Day of Infusion
We kindly ask you to arrive 10-15 minutes before your infusion time. We will complete consent for treatment and answer any questions you may have.
We will use pain-relieving spray on your arm prior to placing a small IV catheter to maximize your comfort. You will relax in a comfortable chair. We encourage you to bring headphones and listen to your music. Alternatively, should you desire quiet relaxation during your infusion, we can provide ear plugs.
During your infusion, a board-certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) will closely monitor your vital signs and tend to your needs.
Patients describe a Ketamine infusion as a relaxing experience. Some patients report dissociative (“fluttering”) effects. A small number of patients experience mild nausea and/or mild increase in heart rate and blood pressure, which subside following completion of the infusion.
Following your infusion, you will have a recovery period of 30 minutes or longer, if needed. Once you feel ready to head home, you will need to be driven by another individual. Please do not drive or operate machinery until the following day.
Some patients report feeling fatigued following the infusion, but feel well the next day. Please do not drive, operate machinery, or go to work after your treatment. We will follow-up with you the next day and discuss any questions you may have.
Once you complete the initial series of Ketamine infusions, if you desire, we will speak to your physician about your treatment and progress you achieved. Working together with your provider will benefit your treatment outcomes, which is our main goal!
Upon completion of your initial series of infusion, we will schedule your follow-up visit.
Most patients experience positive effects from Ketamine treatment. The duration of therapeutic effects varies from 1- 6 months. We can offer you a single maintenance infusion when you start experiencing return of your symptoms. For most patients, every consecutive treatment of a single infusion is enough to provide relief of symptoms for a certain period of time.
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