Ketamine infusion therapy is a rapidly growing treatment option for depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and other mental and physical health conditions. This therapy utilizes the anesthetic drug ketamine to provide a unique approach to treatment that targets the brain’s neurotransmitter system. Prior to deciding if ketamine therapy is right for you, there are several important things you should know about the drug, the process, and its potential efficacy.

New Horizon Infusion Clinics is proud to offer ketamine infusion therapy in Florida for those looking to discover the benefits of this cutting-edge treatment. The following are five key pieces of information you should know before scheduling an appointment. Being well-informed is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your infusion therapy experience.

1. What is Ketamine?

The Food and Drug Administration approved ketamine as an anesthetic for humans in 1970, when it was used to treat injured soldiers during the Vietnam War. Fast forward to today, and ketamine is being used to treat a wide range of mental and physical conditions.

Ketamine works by blocking certain receptors in the brain and nervous system, producing a dissociative state where the individual may feel detached from their surroundings and experience a distortion of their senses and perception. Ketamine has also been studied as a potential treatment for depression. It has been found to rapidly alleviate depression symptoms in some individuals, particularly those who have not responded to other treatments.

2. What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy Used For?

As mentioned above, ketamine therapy is becoming a popular treatment option for those struggling with mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. In addition, it is also being used to treat chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). A complete list of qualifying conditions for ketamine therapy in Florida can be found here.

3. What to Expect During Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Before your ketamine treatment, we’ll establish an IV access point to ensure your comfort. Our team will monitor your vital signs throughout the 45-60 minute ketamine infusion, creating a dreamlike state that enhances your coping mechanisms. You’ll recline in a comfortable chair, feeling a sense of warmth and comfort without losing consciousness. Many patients enjoy a dissociation or “waking dream” effect that may provide a positive response.

After the infusion, we’ll remove your IV and offer support as you reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Ketamine therapy won’t induce anesthesia, allowing for a quick return to your usual level of mental energy. Unlike SSRIs, ketamine treatment may have an immediate effect, energizing and rejuvenating you. Ketamine can affect your driving for at least 12 hours, so you’ll need to arrange for a ride home.

Our staff will be on hand to supervise you and ensure your safety and comfort throughout treatment. At New Horizon Infusion Clinics, we typically suggest four to six ketamine sessions lasting 40 minutes to an hour each, spread out over two weeks. After the first two infusions, patients can usually determine if ketamine is effective for them and make a decision about continuing treatment.

4. What Are the Side Effects or Risks of Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Like any medical treatment, ketamine infusion therapy carries potential side effects and risks. Some of the more common side effects may include dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Patients may also experience temporary increases in blood pressure and heart rate during the infusion. There is also a risk of more serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, although these are rare. 

Overall, ketamine infusion therapy is considered safe when administered by trained professionals in an appropriate setting. Patients should be aware of the potential risks and discuss any concerns with their medical provider before beginning treatment.

5. Am I a Candidate for Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Determining if someone is a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy requires a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider. Generally, ketamine therapy is recommended for individuals who have not responded well to traditional antidepressant medications or other treatments for mental health and physical conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. It may also be an option for those unable to tolerate the side effects of other treatments. However, it is crucial to note that not everyone is a candidate for this type of therapy. Therefore, the decision to undergo ketamine infusion therapy should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare provider who can assess your needs and medical history.

Unlock the Potential of Ketamine Infusion Therapy With New Horizon

Are you tired of struggling with treatment-resistant depression, chronic pain, or other difficult conditions? Don’t give up hope just yet – ketamine therapy may be the solution you’ve been looking for. At New Horizon Infusion Clinics, we specialize in providing safe and effective ketamine treatment options to help patients like you find relief and improve their quality of life.

Our experienced medical team will work with you to determine if ketamine therapy is right for your unique needs. Schedule a consultation with us today to see if you qualify for this life-changing treatment. Our compassionate staff will be with you every step of the way to help you unlock the full potential of ketamine infusion therapy.