Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication for anesthesia that has been used safely for 50 years. Today, ketamine also shows promise as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has placed ketamine on its list of “Essential Medicines.”
Ketamine infusion therapy has been the object of scientific inquiry for those suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and pain syndromes since the early 2000’s. Ketamine acts on a part of the brain that is involved in consciousness, learning, memory, and mood regulation. By altering the activity of this brain system, ketamine can help to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is thought to work by changing the activity of a neurotransmitter called glutamate, and has shown promise as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.)
Many people who have lived their entire lives struggling with depression, anxiousness, fear, or pain are finding relief and truly living life again in a profound and meaningful way.
Our experienced and caring medical practitioners at Evolve Health can provide ketamine therapy in subanesthetic doses to patients with a medical referral to help relieve treatment-resistant depression, bipolar depression, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, postpartum depression, and migraines. Our team will work with your referring medical provider to determine whether this treatment is right for you.
A series of infusions will be administered by a medical provider over a 2-3 week period. Subsequent single maintenance infusions are often required for long-term management of symptoms. The benefits may be noticeable the same day of treatment and can last several months or more. This is an “off-label” use of ketamine, which is a common occurrence in medicine when a drug is helpful for a particular condition even if it has not been specifically approved for that use by the FDA. Ketamine is a relatively safe medication when used in appropriate doses under medical supervision.
Evolve Health has successfully treated thousands of IV ketamine patients safely and comfortably.
Clinical experience has demonstrated that an initial series of 4-6 infusions, followed by less frequent maintenance infusions, typically 1-3 months apart, provides the most effective, and lasting relief of symptoms. We’ll customize each patient’s treatment protocol to their unique condition and treatment needs as needed.
Infusions are indicated for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. We highly recommend 6 infusions over a 2-week period for optimal results – typically Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Each patient’s plan of care is unique, but typically follows a general protocol. The number and frequency of treatments is ultimately dictated by severity of symptoms, recurrence, and response to treatment. Some patients may experience significant improvement after one treatment, others may require multiple, and a small portion of patients may get little to no relief.
Ketamine treatments are performed in our private suites to ensure patient comfort and minimize stimulation during the session. Dim lights and private flat screens displaying relaxing sounds and visuals provide a calming environment. During the entire treatment, you will be monitored by a nurse practitioner, anesthesia provider, or a physician.
Each patient’s experience is unique. After completion of the treatment you will be monitored for approximately 40 minutes post treatment to ensure your safety and comfort. You will need to have arranged transportation home with a trusted individual. At home, we recommend that you continue to rest until the acute effects of the ketamine and possible sedation have subsided.
Talk To Your Provider:
( 1 ) Discuss ketamine therapy with your health provider.
( 2 ) Obtain a ketamine treatment referral from your mental health provider.
( 3 ) Schedule your first evaluation and treatment. You will meet with one of our psychiatric providers to discuss a treatment plan and then we will schedule your appointments.