Hi Dr Johnson, I wanted to let you know the ketamine worked and kicked in towards the end of last week…I feel very different than I did a week ago, much less despondent, less hopeless, less SI. I have had some good periods the last few days where I felt almost “normal.” I hadn’t felt like that in the last couple months…that overwhelming layer of intense sadness has dissipated…I found a new therapist and start somatic and grief work with her in a couple weeks.
I wanted to let you know, despite my nasty reaction to the infusion last time it did work. Thank you so much!
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is an FDA-approved anesthetic medication that has been in use for over 50 years. It has fast-acting antidepressant properties that mental health professionals have been studying for 25 years. When ketamine is administered through a slow intravenous (IV) drip, it can have calming and therapeutic effects on the regions of your brain that control your mood and behavior. Ketamine Infusion Treatment has been used to help treat mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain conditions since the early 2000’s. Typically it is used in cases where patients have not had success treating their condition with conventional therapy or medication.
Ketamine infusion therapy won’t “cure” your depression in a single session, but it has proven to work quicker than conventional antidepressants that must be taken daily for years (or for as long as they work). Instead, ketamine treatment stimulate positive brain changes in several sessions that lead to long lasting symptom relief. If you live in Colorado Springs and this sounds like something that may help you, see below for some of the things Ketamine can help treat.
Ketamine Can Be Helpful in Treating:
After reviewing your medical and psychiatric history, Dr. Johnson will discuss with you if she believes Ketamine could be a beneficial part of your treatment plan. Once approved, our experienced and caring staff at Colorado Recovery Solutions here in Colorado Springs will provide you with Ketamine via IV in micro-anesthetic doses to help relieve treatment resistant depression, bi-polar depression, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, postpartum depression, migraines and chronic pain syndromes.
A series of infusions will be provided by one of our licensed nurses over the course of 12-14 days. The therapy is customized to your individual needs in conjunction with the treatment plan discussed with you and Dr. Johnson.
This initial series of infusions, followed by less frequent maintenance infusions, (typically 1-3 months apart) provides the most effective, and lasting relief of symptoms. The benefits of infusion may last anywhere from two weeks to three months. Infusions are typically 40-minute sessions, followed by a brief recovery period. Close medical monitoring during and after the infusions will be provided by our nursing staff. If the first infusion is tolerated, the full six infusions will be administered. Every patient must be accompanied by a driver at every infusion. You should plan to be in our clinic for a total of at least 60 minutes for each infusion and post-treatment observation period.
*Ketamine Therapy is only available through private pay at the moment. Insurance coverage may be possible in the future.*
$375 per infusion for DEPRESSION
$775 per infusion for CHRONIC PAIN
Are there any lifestyle limitations for Ketamine?
You should not drive, make any legal decisions, or operate heavy machinery until at least 24 hours after a ketamine infusion.
What is the difference between Ketamine IV infusion and Spravato (esketamine) Nasal Spray?
Ketamine Infusion is administered by a nurse at our clinic, through an IV needle and dripped into your bloodstream over approximately 40 minutes. Ketamine infusions are typically administered in 6 infusions over 2 weeks for a broad range of treatment-resistant emotional conditions and chronic pain conditions. Health Insurance does not typically cover Ketamine Infusion, thus it is always an OOP expense. Patients must have a driver present at every administration.
Spravato (esketamine) is administered on site at our clinic and medically monitored over 2 hours, twice per week, for several weeks, depending on your response. The FDA has approved Spravato for people suffering from Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) or TRD with Acute Suicidal Ideations (ASI). Patients must have a driver present at every administration.
What insurances cover Ketamine infusion?
Government and commercial health insurances generally do not cover Ketamine Infusions. This service is currently private pay only.
How long does it take to complete Ketamine IV infusion to be effective?
Ketamine infusions are generally administered over 40 minutes with a 20 minute post-infusion recovery period for a total appointment time of about 60 min.
Treatment is typically complete after six infusions, administered over 2 weeks on Mon-Wed-Fri. Patients MUST be accompanied by a driver BEFORE an infusion will be administered.
Are there any side effects with Ketamine IV infusion?
Common side effects of ketamine infusion include: dizziness, weightlessness, nausea, dissociation, hallucinations, hypertension, nightmares, and rapid heart rate. These side effects typically resolve soon within an hour of completing a ketamine infusion. You should not plan to engage in rigorous activity in the evenings following a ketamine infusion. A medical screening and informed consent will be conducted for every individual prior to administering ketamine infusions for emotional disorders or chronic pain.
Who is Ketamine IV Infusion intended for?
Ketamine infusion is indicated for patients who are suffering with chronic pain and/or a broad range of emotional disorders.
Who is NOT a good candidate for Ketamine?
People who are in active substance addiction of any kind; people who have abused ketamine in the past; uncontrolled hypertension, and people who experience disturbing dissociation and active hallucinations. All medical conditions will be screened prior to initiating Ketamine infusion.