Ketamine FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine

At Kairos Restorative Medicine, your comfort is our priority. During treatment, you’ll relax with eyeshades and headphones, enjoying a handpicked playlist designed to enhance the experience. Ketamine’s effects vary: most feel a gentle floating and peaceful disconnection from stress, while others may encounter a deep, spiritual calm or even experience transient euphoric sensations. Though rare, some find the experience intense; but, our expert clinicians are always there to ensure your safety and comfort, minimizing any difficulty and guiding you through the journey.
While undergoing ketamine treatment at Kairos, it’s normal to experience brief side effects such as mild nausea or dizziness, which eyeshades often alleviate. Should these symptoms arise, our team is prepared to provide medication to ensure your comfort. Some patients may feel slightly anxious; in these cases, the presence of a therapist during the session can offer reassurance and calm. On occasion, you might notice a mild headache or a slight increase in blood pressure, similar to a light exercise session. Rest assured, we continuously monitor your vital signs to maintain your safety throughout the treatment.
Ketamine acts on special receptors in your brain, initiating a cascade of changes in brain chemistry. This process encourages neurons to form new connections, enhancing learning and growth. This process of forming new connections, called neuroplasticity, is believed to be one of the unique and special properties of ketamine’s effectiveness, rapidly alleviating symptoms of depression and pain providing a unique opportunity for transformative treatment at Kairos.
No, it is not safe to drive on the day of ketamine treatment. We require a friend or family member to drive you home for safety reasons.
It is strongly recommended not to go back to work or make important decisions the same day as your ketamine treatment.
To provide the best impact, ketamine treatment at Kairos typically begins with 4 to 6 sessions spread over 2 to 4 weeks, as longer-lasting results typically do not come from a one-time therapy. Following this initial series, many patients continue with periodic booster sessions or therapy with our integration team, which we have assembled for you to maximize your benefits. The frequency of any ongoing care will vary based on your individual needs. It’s essential to view ketamine as a facilitator of sorts, part of a broader, comprehensive treatment plan that works to unlock more value from other therapeutic strategies. This is where Kairos separates itself from other clinics that offer ketamine services.
Research indicates that multiple ketamine sessions, typically six over a span of 2-4 weeks, are more effective than a single session in treating conditions such as depression. To sustain the benefits, most patients participate in follow-up sessions with our team, which may include additional therapies or even occasional booster sessions. The exact number of treatments needed varies per individual, and while some may find relief with fewer sessions, it is challenging to specify an exact number for everyone. At Kairos, we tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs, ensuring the most effective approach to your healing.
At Kairos Restorative Medicine, we combine ketamine treatments with other therapies and ongoing support. We do this in order to provide maximum benefits to our patients, whose journey through medical treatments has often been extensive and unfortunately, largely ineffective. Our mission and expertise is to bring maximum impact by providing evidence based ketamine facilitated care to our patients in order to improve their lives, supporting all our patients in the best manner possible. If you already have a strong relationship with a physical therapist, counselor or psychologist we are happy to include them in your integration care.

Contraindications include:

  • Active Psychosis
  • Allergy (To Ketamine)
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Liver Disease
  • Active Substance Abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Recent Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Severe Cardiovascular Disease

Research supports that ketamine may effectively treat depression, suicidality, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and chronic or recurring pain. Often patients with these conditions who feel stuck in their current therapy find that a ketamine session may help move therapy in a new direction.

Under medical supervision, ketamine is a highly safe medication, used for over fifty years, especially in populations like children and the elderly, due to its strong safety profile. In therapeutic settings for mental health, ketamine is administered in much lower doses than those used in anesthesia, which minimizes potential side effects. While a slight increase in blood pressure and pulse is common, akin to mild exercise, serious side effects are rare. Ongoing research continues to explore the long-term effects of low-dose ketamine, but current data supports its safety in controlled use.
The risk of addiction for a patient without a personal history or family history of substance abuse is extremely low, based on the current research. That being said, it is crucial to be aware of ketamine’s addictive potential. To safeguard the risk of addiction, we do not offer at-home ketamine treatments.

Ketamine can be administered through various methods, each serving specific needs:

  • IV (Intravenous): Delivered directly into the bloodstream by a nurse, ensuring rapid effects.
  • IM (Intramuscular): Injected into a muscle, typically the arm, when slower absorption is needed or when an infusion is not possible.
  • PO (Oral): Taken as a lozenge that dissolves slowly in the mouth, providing a very small and short acting dose often used during other therapies.
  • Subcutaneous: Injected just under the skin, often in the abdominal area.
  • Intranasal: Administered through a nasal spray, this method targets ease of use and quick absorption through the mucosal membrane.

At Kairos, we currently offer ketamine treatments via IV, IM, and PO routes to ensure precise dosage and effective management of symptoms. Each method is selected by our medical team to optimize your treatment outcomes and ensure the best possible care.

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