People living with various chronic pain and mood disorders can find relief from their symptoms at IV Ketamine. The medical center provides ketamine infusion therapy services to help people regain control of their health and get their lives back. Conditions they treat include depression, anxiety, and complex regional pain syndrome.
IV Ketamine is led by Dr. Ashraf Hanna, a board-certified pain management anesthesiologist. He and his experienced team at IV Ketamine pride themselves on offering the best in comprehensive healthcare services. Dr. Hanna has administered over 10,000 ketamine infusions and has authored several research papers regarding the efficacy of ketamine infusion for long-term pain relief.
Treatment protocols are individually planned depending on the nature of your pain and your responsiveness to initial sessions. Infusion cocktails are prepared in-house so that they can be tailored to each patient’s therapeutic needs. A variety of medications are often used and are typically mixed with saline in an IV bag and infused slowly over several hours, depending on the medication and/or protocol being used.
Usually, a series of treatments will be recommended daily for a period of a week or more. The duration of pain relief following one or more ketamine infusions cannot be predicted. The goal is to achieve lasting relief as measured in weeks or months following the last treatment. Most patients who enjoy prolonged pain relief will need to return on occasion for a booster infusion or continue to take low-dose intranasal ketamine at home.
Ketamine infusion therapy is generally well tolerated and, as such, very few patients need to terminate treatment due to side effects. Still, ketamine is a derivative of phencyclidine (PCP) a known psychedelic and if not combined with sedation can cause hallucinations in many patients. You will be given a benzodiazepine to control this dysphoria. Other possible side effects include nausea and rarely a headache. These side effects can also be managed and often eliminated during the infusion therapy. Following the completion of a daily infusion regimen, patients are usually tired for several hours and need to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. The clinic has yet to observe any long-term side effects that can be attributed to low-dose intravenous ketamine therapy. Furthermore, ketamine is not highly addictive like more common FDA-approved analgesics like opioids.
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