Ketamine can be administered in several ways, although it is most effective for the treatment of depression when administered intravenously (IV) at a low dose. Tennessee Ketamine Clinic offers the most effective and best studied approach: a low dose ketamine intravenous infusion applied continuously over a 40 minute period. After a medical and mental health intake evaluation, patients are prescribed two infusions of ketamine to evaluate their response to the treatment. Up to 80% of people with severe, resistant depression respond to a single infusion of ketamine, and the vast majority responds after the first two treatments. If improvement is noticed after two treatments, an additional four doses will be given over a two week period.
On the day of treatment, you will be seen in a private office setting. While you relax in a reclining chair, a very small intravenous catheter will be placed and the ketamine infusion will begin. We encourage you to sit quietly or listen to relaxing music during the treatment.
The infusion itself will take about 45 minutes. During this time we will monitor your vital signs closely. Low-dose ketamine infusion for the treatment of depression has minimal side effects. Some patients may experience dizziness, blurred vision or nausea. Ketamine might change the way you feel or your perceptions. After the infusion is complete, you will remain with us for an additional 20 minutes or until you have recovered from the mild effects of ketamine.
You will be required to have a close friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. You will not be able to drive, operate heavy machinery or make legal decisions for the next 24 hours.
All patients should be under the care of a mental healthcare provider at the time of treatment. Patients should continue all medications and treatment as directed by their primary healthcare provider.