What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is an FDA approved anesthetic that has been used safely for more than 5 decades. But Intravenous Ketamine injection has shown to be also extremely effective in the treatment of depression, PTSD and anxiety.
This is an off label use of this medication.
How does Ketamine work?
Ketamine is fundamentally different from traditional antidepressants as the intravenous (IV) administration of this medication is 100% bioavailable which means all of the drug is immediately available to start the cascade of events that ultimately results in regrowth of connections between nerves which has been shown to be the problem in people with PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
When Can I see or expect Results?
Intravenous (IV) administration of Ketamine starts to exert its beneficial effects within hours of infusion and actually it is one of the most important breakthrough treatments for acute suicidal ideation when other conventional treatments have failed.
Do I need a consultation with a physician to qualify for Intravenous (IV) Ketamine Infusion?
Dr. Taimoorazy needs to evaluate your medical and psychiatric history to ascertain you are a good candidate for IV (intravenous) Ketamine infusion.
Is there an IV Ketamine infusion center near me?
Our center is conveniently located in Nothridge CA, and provides services for patients who reside not only in Northridge, but also Chatsworth, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Studio City. Our 2 centers cover all of San Fernando Valley, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
What are the side effects of Ketamine?
Intravenous (IV) Ketamine infusion is safely administered thousands of times a day not only as an anesthetic but also at sub anesthetic concentrations for the treatment of depression, anxiety and PTSD. The occasional side effects of intravenous ketamine injections, mainly nausea can be easily treated with antiemetics during the treatment.
Is this an option for me if I have treatment resistant depression?
The answer is a BIG yes. This method of treatment is actually one of the best options for patients who have treatment resistant depression due to the mode of action of Intravenous (IV) ketamine, the damaged neural circuits will almost immediately start regenerating when exposed to ketamine which results in reestablished of neuroconnectivity and resumption of synchronous firing of electrical activity in the neural circuits of the brain.
How many treatment sessions until I see results?
Dr. Taimoorazy's protocol includes an initial 5-6 infusions (induction phase) over the first 2-3 weeks of start of the treatment. Then you will be switched to the maintenance phase when you may need a booster Ketamine infusion every few months.
Do you accept insurance and if not what is the cost of Intravenous (IV) Ketamine infusion?
Each infusion is priced at $400.00 and unfortunately is not covered by insurance.
Where can I find more information about ketamine infusion therapy?
You can find more information by contacting our intravenous Ketamine infusion center at 424-302-0289 0r by visiting our website bhmigraineandpain.com.