Ketamine-assisted Therapy in San Francisco, CA
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What is ketamine-assisted therapy?
Ketamine is a medication that's been used for decades to treat pain and help with mood disorders. Ketamine-assisted therapy at Infinite Health Zone aims to help with a variety of chronic pain and mood disorders so that your body is more in balance and ready to take on the day. It is provided in an IV form and in a safe, monitored setting. For more information on this treatment and how it can assist you, contact our team in San Francisco, CA. Infinite Health Zone services the San Francisco area including Marin and Alameda counties.
What are the benefits of ketamine-assisted therapy?
Ketamine-assisted therapy involves the administration of a small dose of ketamine through a vein. This treatment may be able to address several conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. IV ketamine therapy is typically associated with the following benefits:
- A rapid-acting antidepressant
- Potential for anxiety relief
- An alternative for treatment-resistant conditions
- Enhanced pain management
- Reduced suicidal ideation
Who is a good candidate for ketamine-assisted therapy?
At Infinite Health Zone, we want you to fully enjoy your life and experience treatments that align with providing you with joy. Good candidates for ketamine-assisted therapy are those who have suffered from chronic pain or those who deal with mood disorders. In general, ketamine therapy can help those who have issues with:
- Postpartum depression
- Bipolar depression
- Chronic pain
For more information on how ketamine-assisted therapy can help you in your life, contact our office in San Francisco, CA to schedule a consultation.
What happens during ketamine-assisted therapy?
During your treatment at Infinite Health Zone, we will do everything possible to make sure that you are comfortable. This includes dosing the medication based on ideal body weight and pre-treating with any necessary anti-nausea or anti-anxiety. Infusions can last anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour, but this can vary based on patient needs. Any questions regarding this treatment can be answered by our team in San Francisco, CA.
How is the treatment performed?
The ketamine-assisted therapy is completed via an IV at Infinite Health Zone. You will be able to sit back and relax in one of our comfortable chairs and receive the ketamine safely through an IV in the comfort of the office. First, a vein will be located and then the treatment will start. The team takes full precautions and will constantly monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels closely. Contact our team in San Francisco, CA to learn more about all the steps we take to keep you safe during the treatment.
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Ketamine-assisted Therapy FAQs
Are there any side effects associated with IV ketamine infusion therapy?
Common side effects of IV ketamine infusion therapy include nausea, dizziness, headache, and fatigue. However, many patients do not experience these side effects. If you do have them, they usually go away on their own within a few hours after the infusion.
Can I continue taking my usual medications while my ketamine-assisted therapy plan is underway?
You should talk to our staff about any medications you are currently taking before starting IV ketamine infusion therapy. Sometimes, Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia or our San Francisco, CA team may recommend adjusting your existing medication regimen to ensure that it does not interfere with the treatment.
What should I do to prepare for an IV ketamine infusion?
Dr. A or a member of the Infinite Health Zone team will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your IV ketamine infusion treatment plan and your first session. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a specific amount of time before the infusion, and you should arrange for someone to drive you home after the treatment.
How soon can I resume my regular activities after an IV ketamine infusion?
After an IV ketamine infusion, you may feel drowsy or have altered perception temporarily. It is advisable to rest and refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery until these effects subside. Your Infinite Health Zone team member(s) will provide guidance on when it is safe to resume regular activities.
Is ketamine-assisted therapy addictive?
Ketamine infusion therapy has a low risk of addiction when administered as prescribed in a controlled medical setting like you will encounter at our San Francisco, CA office. The doses used for therapeutic purposes are significantly lower than those used recreationally.
Are there any contraindications for ketamine-assisted therapy?
IV ketamine infusion therapy may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, history of psychosis or schizophrenia, severe liver or kidney disease, or certain heart conditions. During your initial consultation, we will review your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for this treatment.
Is ketamine-assisted therapy the same as recreational ketamine use?
No, ketamine-assisted therapy is administered in a controlled medical or therapeutic setting by trained professionals, whereas recreational use involves unregulated and often higher doses, which can be unsafe.
How long do the effects of IV ketamine infusion therapy last?
The duration of the effects can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience relief from symptoms for several weeks or months, while others may require periodic maintenance infusions to sustain the benefits.
Will I be "high" during the session?
While ketamine can induce altered states of consciousness, the doses used in therapeutic settings are typically lower. Patients might feel a bit detached or dreamy, but this sensation is part of the therapeutic process.