Ketamine Therapy FAQ

Ketamine FAQ

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Ketamine Therapy FAQ
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Why is it recommended to start with 6 sessions in a 3-week period?

The “gold standard” protocol for ketamine infusions for mental health treatment is 0.5 mg/kg infused IV over 40 minutes. One treatment can last days, up to a week, but research has shown that by grouping the treatments as 6 sessions in a 3-week period, we can prolong the benefit to last weeks or even months.

What is the cost of ketamine treatment? How many total visits are initially recommended?

Please contact our office for details at (310) 601-9999 or fill out the form below and we will contact you.

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How often do I need booster sessions?

Booster sessions may be necessary after the induction phase, at an interval ranging from 2-12 weeks.

Does insurance cover the medication? What is the cost of the medication?

Spravato is covered by most health insurance plans (though occasionally requires a co-payment), and generic ketamine is so inexpensive, our office doesn’t charge for it. The main costs incurred are for the monitoring, which unfortunately is not covered by insurance.

Does your office take insurance?

No, but we provide statements that you can use to seek reimbursement from your PPO insurance.

Are there long-term side effects of ketamine treatment?

Side effects lasting longer than 24 hours after treatment are very uncommon. The main side effects within 24 hours of a treatment are typically not unpleasant: feelings of calm, mild balance or coordination issues (hence recommendation not to drive until the next day), and loosened inhibitions. Bladder inflammation (cystitis) can occur with long-term use of ketamine, but has been reported more commonly in those using ketamine recreationally at high doses than patients receiving it for legitimate medical reasons. Prior to treatment, you and your doctor will have a detailed discussion before formally obtaining your consent to move forward with the procedure.

What makes someone a good candidate for ketamine treatment?

Ketamine is intended for people suffering from depression or anxiety that has not responded to at least 2 traditional oral antidepressant medications. If you have a history of recent heart attack, stroke, psychosis (hallucinations, delusions), or bladder inflammation (cystitis), you may not be a candidate for ketamine treatment, or you may require clearance from your physician.