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The CRTCE was one of the first clinics in Canada to specialize in ketamine therapy exclusively, providing a focused research and treatment clinic for this cutting edge medication. Ketamine has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a primary medication due to its effectiveness and safety. CRTCE offers an “off-label” use of the medication, one driven by a growing body of research that is concluding that ketamine is a revelation in the field of psychiatric medicine. The Ottawa, ON location offers three different ketamine treatments as an alternative to mainstream oral medications that may not have provided the expected results.

The clinic’s medical director is Dr. Joshua Rosenblat, who also spends time as a clinician-scientist at the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at Toronto Western Hospital. An award-winning scholar and researcher, Dr. Rosenblat and the CRTCE team provide ketamine therapy to patients while continuing to research fast-acting treatments for those suffering from depression and anxiety. Though many people find success with traditional treatments, there are others whose conditions become chronic, or treatment-resistant. Ketamine therapy has shown significant positive outcomes in 70% of treated cases, making it a safe and effective alternative to mainstream medicines.

Offered Treatments

  • IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy
  • Esketamine Intranasal Spray
  • Oral Ketamine Tablets

Treated Conditions

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Depression
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)*
  • OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)*

*PTSD and OCD considered on a case-by-case basis.

Important Info

  • The clinic provides an extensive list of contraindications for ketamine. Among these conditions are dementing disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s), substance use disorders, and alcohol use disorder. See the F.A.Q. for complete list.
  • Patients will need to be accompanied by a reliable driver post-treatment.
  • Depending on treatment, dosages cost from $200 – $1000.
  • Please check with your healthcare insurance provider to see if ketamine therapy is covered.

Your Treatment: What to Expect

Before any ketamine infusions take place, patients will have an initial consultation at CRTCE Ottawa. The consultation will help to determine the nature and severity of the treated condition, as well as the appropriate levels of medication. Infusion appointments take between 1.5 – 2 hours. During the infusion, some patients report a sense of dissociation, as if floating. This is a normal side effect, and should it become uncomfortable, clinic staff can adjust medications to help. A normal course of treatments is comprised of 4 -6 infusions over the course of 2 weeks.

Who is this treatment for?

CRTCE Ottawa offers ketamine therapy for Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Depression, and, in some cases, to those suffering from PTSD or OCD. For those who have had little or no significant positive change from mainstream oral medications, ketamine therapy at CRTCE Ottawa offers an alternative. When used in conjunction with therapy from a primary caregiver, ketamine therapy offers a way of overcoming the challenges associated with mental illness.

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