After a complete evaluation and review of your medical history, you as an eligible patient, will receive the treatment. An intravenous (IV) line will be started in one limb (arm, hand) so you may receive the ketamine infusion. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. They will be monitored throughout the infusion procedure under the supervision of the doctor. He or she will administer a subanesthetic dose of ketamine, slowly and continuously. The duration of the Infusion ranges from 40 to 55 minutes for depression, and 2 to 4 hours for chronic pain.
Depending on your response to this first infusion, we may increase the dose incrementally with their subsequent infusions to maximize their response. We will also often adjust the infusion rate during each treatment, depending on how you are responding, to maximize effectiveness. Adjuvant medications may also be administered if needed, such as anti-nausea medications or mild sedatives for agitation.