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.
No, currently the infusion treatments are not covered by insurance.
$350 paid by check, credit/debit card or cash per infusion hour.
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.
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.
No, we do not write any prescriptions. All the treatments are in office only.
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.
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.