Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a highly effective, clinically proven, safe procedure for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation or suicidality, other mood disorders, and pain conditions.
Unlike many conventional antidepressant treatments, ketamine causes minimal side effects, all of which are short-term, so patients enjoy better quality relief without the additional challenges of weight gain, loss of libido, dry mouth, and other undesirables often associated with antidepressant medications. There are no known long-term ketamine treatment side effects when used in a clinical setting.
Are Ketamine Infusions Safe?
Yes, ketamine is safe. While ketamine for depression has been researched thoroughly for more than 20 years, ketamine has been used for sedation and other indications at much higher doses for over 50 years and has proven itself to be a very safe medicine—so safe, in fact, that it’s the preferred choice for pediatric cases.
Does Ketamine Cause Weight Gain?
No, there is no direct correlation between Ketamine Infusion Therapy and weight gain. This is contrary to many traditional antidepressant medications, which are often associated with weight gain, either moderate or more substantial.
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Minor Ketamine After Effects
During your free phone consultation, one of our dedicated treatment providers will discuss our protocols, benefits and common experiences of treatment, and potential short-term side effects so you can make a well-informed decision regarding treatment
The most common short-term side effects of Ketamine Infusion Therapy are:
- Mild Dissociation during the infusion
- Feeling tired or groggy for the remainder of the day following the infusion
- Mild nausea during the infusion
- Dizziness immediately after, usually dissipating entirely within a couple of hours
It is important to note that since we opened in 2014, we have administered many thousands of infusions and not seen any negative long-term side effects from ketamine.
Managing the Side Effects of Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Most Ketamine treatment side effects are temporary and gradually subside following treatment. Typically, any side effects go away completely after a full night of sleep.
If a patient is concerned about potential short-term side effects, they can ask one of our providers for tips on how to minimize or prevent them. For example, antiemetics may be helpful for IV ketamine therapy patients who are prone to nausea.
If any of the side effects of ketamine infusion therapy persist, become bothersome, or a patient has questions, we are always available to discuss and assist. Minor changes in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and other bodily systems may occur during an infusion in some cases. For instance, the blood pressure, pulse rate, or heart rate may increase. These changes in vital signs usually normalize without intervention soon after an infusion is completed, if not sooner. In some cases, medication may be used to minimize or prevent these side effects. Our care team is trained in managing any of these outcomes in a smooth and efficient manner
Our team of experts provide ketamine therapy to patients from all over the United States and even other countries. Some of the local communities we care for include: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Westchester, South Bay, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, California, and surrounding locations. If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling a free phone consultation with one of our providers, contact us today.