Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. We are constantly updating this page so please check back often or contact us to speak with one of our friendly staff members.
- How does Ketamine work?
Ketamine has been shown to stimulate neuron growth in the brain in as quickly as one hour. Many scientists studying Ketamine are focusing on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays an important role in neural activation.
- Is Ketamine safe?
Yes, in a clinical setting, IV Ketamine is safe. Our providers will talk with you about your current health and assess risks that may need to be addressed before you think about receiving an IV Ketamine Infusion. Some of those risks may include uncontrolled blood pressure, unstable heart disease, untreated thyroid disease, and some unmanaged psychiatric diagnoses.
- What is the success rate for Ketamine?
Approximately 70-72% of patients respond to ketamine infusions.
- Will my insurance cover Ketamine Treatment?
Currently ketamine infusion therapy is NOT a covered benefit by any insurance plan because it is considered an “off-label” use of this medication. Ecstasis accepts cash and major credit cards. Ecstasis requires payment at the time of treatment. Advancecarecard.com as well as other medical credit cards may be an option for patients who qualify, but no financing or payment plans are offered by Ecstasis.
- What is involved in a Ketamine infusion?
Patients will receive infusion therapy in a private room with constant mechanical monitoring of heart rate, blood oxygen saturation percentages and blood pressure. Infusion therapy means an IV will be placed and an appropriate dose of ketamine will be administered over a 40 min time frame or longer. Practitioners are able to see a patients vital signs from the monitors at all times from the nursing station. However, patients will notice that a practitioner will enter the patient treatment room several times during the active phase of the infusion to monitor the depth of sedation and ensure patient comfort. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience. Patients will most likely experience changes in vision and their ability to clearly focus on objects or people, speech will be slurred or slowed, most will have an experience of floating or being disconnected. Patients on average should expect to spend 90 to 120 minutes in the office allowing for the check in procedure, the active phase of infusion and recovery time. Patients will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion. Patients may drive and return to work the next day. Patients may have a friend or family member in the treatment room during infusion, but this is not necessary.
- What is the process for Ketamine treatment?
Ecstasis Healing follows empirically proven protocols for loading dosages which include a series of infusions delivered at a frequency customized to the patient’s diagnosis and needs. Once patients complete this loading dose protocol they begin the maintenance phase of treatment which is highly patient-specific. Patients have the option for maintenance infusions, if necessary, and stay in contact with the providers through an ongoing monitoring program during and after initial treatment.
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