At the Thrive Center for Health, patients suffering from chronic mental health conditions can find relief through ketamine infusions. The clinic provides experienced care and a welcoming environment for those looking for treatment. The team is led by Dr. Carol Jugan, who has over 13 years of anesthesiology experience.
The staff at the Thrive Center for Health operates with the mutual goal of giving all patients outstanding and compassionate care. Working in collaboration with the Osmind app, the clinic takes the financial burden off by providing assistance with insurance claims. This helps patients focus on what’s really important — their mental health.
The Osmind platform also assists people in tracking their healing progress virtually, providing a technological component to ketamine assistance. This helps improve treatment for a more solid recovery from serious mental health issues.
– IV ketamine infusion therapy
While attending your initial consultation, you should bring a full and accurate medication and allergy list, and any diagnostic/treatment information from prior physicians. The Thrive Center for Health also recommends that you bring a family member or trusted friend to help you understand if ketamine is right for you.
Preparing for Ketamine Infusions
Patients are asked to have nothing to eat for four hours prior and nothing to drink for 2 hours prior to the infusion. Patients are also required to have someone to drive them home. The Thrive Center for Health also suggests that you wear comfortable clothes and bring a pillow or blanket to help you relax. If you forget, the center can provide these for you. Some patients bring earbuds and relaxing music to listen to.
You will be greeted by the Thrive Center for Health’s office staff and asked to fill out a short questionnaire. The doctor will perform a physical exam. The doctor will start an IV and place you on monitors. Center staff will help you get comfortable and then begin the infusion. During your infusion you will have your blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level and breathing monitored. Typically the infusion lasts one hour, and the center monitors you for 15 to 30 minutes after the infusion.
Ketamine treatment occurs in two steps – “Initiation” and “Maintenance.” The initiation period is different depending on your condition. Treatment-Resistant Depression and mood disorders are treated with 6 treatments over 3-4 weeks during the initiation phase. The maintenance period consists of “boosters,” which are typically a single treatment. The first booster is typically scheduled 2-3 weeks after your last initiation infusion. After that, every patient varies, but the average length between boosters is 6-8 weeks.
For patients with mood disorders, Thrive Center for Health uses a daily text program to monitor your mood and help decide on the timing between infusions. Migraines are typically treated with one to two treatments during initiation. Most migraine patients need one infusion every 8-12 weeks for maintenance. Chronic pain infusions are several hours long for several days in a row. The doctor works closely with each patient to tailor an individual schedule that will be most successful. Maintenance infusions for chronic pain are every 2-3 months.