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How to Prepare for Your Ketamine Treatment

Are you curious about the benefits of ketamine? A drug traditionally used for anesthetic purposes, ketamine therapy is a powerful treatment that can help you overcome pain or illness that may be holding you back from enjoying life. 

Annette Lusko, DO, and our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine specialize in ketamine treatment for a number of common conditions, including:

When you’re starting ketamine treatment, preparing yourself before you come in is just as important as caring for yourself after you leave our clinic. Read on to learn more about what to expect before, during, and after ketamine treatment.

Preparing for ketamine treatment

Before getting treatment, Dr. Lusko will thoroughly evaluate your health and medical history to determine if ketamine treatment would be a good option for you. If you choose to start a ketamine treatment plan, our team will give you personalized guidelines to prepare for your infusions.

In general, you should fast before each ketamine infusion. This could mean avoiding food and drink the night before and the morning of your treatment, depending on when your infusion is scheduled. You also shouldn’t have caffeine, including soda and coffee, before your treatment.

Certain medications may also need to be discontinued temporarily before you undergo ketamine treatment, so you’ll need to inform Dr. Lusko of all the medications you take. You’ll also need to tell your prescribing physician.

What to expect during ketamine treatment

When you come to the clinic, bring along a friend or family member who can stay in the clinic during your appointment, and drive you home after your infusion.

To get ready for treatment, you’ll simply settle into a chair, and our team will ensure you’re relaxed before beginning your infusion. If you would like, you can bring a pillow or blanket to help you feel more at home.

During treatment, you may experience an altered level of consciousness. Many people feel floating or tingling sensations, and you may have mild hallucinations. These effects, however, should only be temporary. Our team will monitor your vital signs, including your heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen levels, throughout your infusion.

The length of your treatment session will depend on your condition. A ketamine infusion for depression may take as little as 45 minutes, while treatment for chronic pain, migraine pain, or other conditions may take several hours.

After your ketamine treatment

Once your infusion ends, you’ll have time to recover before going home. We’ll check that your vital signs return to baseline levels, and we’ll ensure that you’re no longer experiencing dissociative effects before Dr. Lusko releases you.

Your caregiver will drive you home, and you should take it easy for the rest of the day. You should also avoid driving or strenuous activity for about 48 hours after your infusion. You may feel tired for a few days following ketamine treatment. However, if you experience any other side effects for more than a few hours following your treatment, you should contact our team right away.

Seek medical care if you experience any adverse side effects, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or severe changes in mental status following treatment. These symptoms necessitate immediate medical care.

As you go through your ketamine treatment plan, Dr. Lusko will regularly check in with you to see how you’re responding to treatment. She’ll also adjust your plan as necessary to help you get the most out of your treatment, so you can emerge feeling like the best possible version of yourself. 

Whether you’re considering ketamine infusions for chronic pain or for your mental health, knowing how to prepare for treatment is important. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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