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FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why use ketamine for depression over conventional treatment medications?

With current conventional antidepressants, SSRIs and SNRIs, there are many unwanted side effects such as upset stomach, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and headaches and onset may take up to six weeks or more. With ketamine there are no long term side effects and patients notice improvement in two to three hours after the first infusion.

Are the infusion treatments covered by insurance?

No, currently the infusion treatments are not covered by insurance.

What is the cost for each infusion?

$350 paid by check, credit/debit card or cash per infusion hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on your condition and your response to the treatments, patients typically require a series of four to six treatments followed by periodic maintenance treatments.

Do I need a referral from primary provider for Ketamine infusion treatment?

Yes, we will not provide infusion treatment without a referral, but we will screen you for free and make a recommendation. If indicated, we will help coordinate a referral and treatment through your provider.

Do you write prescriptions for medications?

No, we do not write any prescriptions. All the treatments are in office only.

What are the short term and long term side effects?

Since we use low dose ketamine infused over time, we have a very low incidence of any side effects. However, the most common reported short-term side effects include: delirium, dizziness ,euphoria, psychomotor retardation ,nightmares or vivid dreams, delusions or illusions, salivation, hallucinations, hypertension, tachycardia, nausea, and vomiting. Long-term effects, which are only seen in Ketamine abusers, include cognitive impairment, memory problems, and an inability to talk or speak.

Will I be safe during the infusion?

Yes, each patient will be continuously observed by a registered nurse and have EKG, blood pressure and pulse oximetry monitored throughout the infusion. Dr. Ball will be on site for all infusions to address any problems that may occur.