Ketamine is a medication, first approved by the FDA in 1970 as a sedative. It is a popular anesthetic because Ketamine, unlike most other anesthetics, does not depress the respiratory system. This means it will not affect a patient’s breathing.
Recent research shows Ketamine, at low doses, provides a profound improvement in a variety of mental illnesses.
Ketamine does this by repairing damaged neural pathways by stimulating glutamate production. Glutamate is a prominent brain chemical that helps neurons communicate with one another.
In essence, Ketamine allows the brain to “rewire” itself. Ketamine helps create new pathways (that facilitate new ways of thinking) that are resistant to stress, anxiety, and depression.
Ketamine may also reduce signals responsible for inflammation. Inflammation may contribute to depressive symptoms. Inflammation is also the main culprit in chronic pain conditions.
Yes, Ketamine clinics are legal. Ketamine has been widely used in medical settings since the 1970s as a sedative and popular anesthetic. Ketamine, which received breakthrough clearance by the FDA in 2019 for the treatment of depression, is hailed as the “most significant breakthrough for treating depression in half a century.”
Ketamine is not physically addictive. It can be potentially abusable but not in a therapeutic setting.
No. Some patients may experience nausea during or after the treatment but it is generally mild and will subside.
We encourage people to have a therapist during the duration of their Ketamine treatment plan to process anything that may come up. Some people do the series of 6 treatments then need boosters every few months. Every client responds differently to the combination of ketamine and therapy and it is important to work closely with both providers to reevaluate your needs on an ongoing basis.
No, it is not covered by insurance at this time.
No, please continue all prescribed medications and make sure you disclose and discuss them with your treatment provider ahead of your scheduled appointment, However, we do recommend that you NOT take any benzodiazepines on the day of treatment if possible, as this may interfere with the experience.
It varies for everyone, some people feel better after one session, some need a full series of 6 injections.
No, there is no guarantee that this particular treatment will prove fully effective at ameliorating symptoms of your condition. Currently, 70% of people report some form of improvement.
Yes, it is advised that you continue any currently prescribed medications and work with your provider to make any changes if necessary. We also advise that you continue therapy with a licensed provider and discuss the addition of ketamine injections to your treatment plan.
We strive to keep Ketamine therapy as an affordable therapeutic alternative. We are committed to providing the best treatment plan specific to what works best for each individual patient that experiences our Salt Lake City in-office or concierge services.
Learn more about our pricing for Ketamine treatments here and schedule with our licensed providers to create a personalized plan for psychedelic therapy near you.
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