How much time do I need for Ketamine Treatments?
When you decide to give up on traditional medications to manage mental health conditions like depression and consider Ketamine Infusion Therapy, it is normal to have questions. You may wonder if this will just be another treatment option you wait on for weeks just to find out it doesn’t help you at all. After all, antidepressants often take 4-8 weeks to make a difference, and you may continue to need them for months after depression improves. Patients also usually take antidepressant medications daily, sometimes making this regimen difficult to follow.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is one option to avoid daily medication. This non-invasive procedure which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression requires 36 daily sessions over 6-8 weeks! Who has time for that?
Ketamine treatments, on the other hand, are less time consuming than TMS and require less effort on your part than taking daily medication. Ketamine has shown to often provide immediate relief of severe symptoms affecting your mental health. If you think Ketamine is something you are interested in trying, reach out to us. We will set you up with an initial evaluation during which one of our providers will assess your symptoms, and health and medical history and recommend treatment options that are best for you.
We recommend administering Ketamine in a series of infusions every other day. This series typically requires six infusions to have lasting effects. Many practitioners commonly agreed that a series of six infusions is the most effective treatment regimen.
During your treatment, you should expect to spend about 60-90 minutes in our office if receiving treatments for mental health conditions. Treatment for chronic pain requires about four-five hours of your time.
During your initial series of treatments, you will experience a significant decrease in symptoms of around 50% or even complete remission. You may notice feeling significantly better in 1 or 2 infusions. However, it is very important to fully complete this series of treatments. Sticking to your treatment plan helps you achieve optimal, lasting symptom reduction.
After completing the initial series of treatments, your treatment becomes even more personalized. During this initial maintenance phase, it is possible you will return for two infusions over the course of one week. We encourage you to keep in touch and let us know how you are feeling. These treatments are important to maintain remission and keep you from experiencing symptoms.
The frequency of booster treatments varies from person to person. Some patients request 1 or 2 infusions per month to proactively prevent the resurgence of symptoms. Others return for their booster infusions 3 or 4 months after the completion of their initial infusions. Each person’s condition is different. Therefore, each ketamine treatment plan is very personalized to achieve remission.
Don’t put off scheduling a free consultation if you are struggling with conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, depression, PTSD, and OCD. We’re here for you, and we would love to discuss your treatment options.
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