If ketamine is the right direction for you...
After we determine if you are a good candidate for ketamine therapy through a thorough evaluation and comprehensive screening process, we will prepare you for your course of treatment at our St. Louis-based clinic.
Before Your First Infusion
Leading up to the start of your ketamine infusion treatment, we will review in detail the entire infusion process. While we prefer to include a family member or close friend in these discussions to help you navigate through your ketamine treatments, you may opt to go it alone. We want to take extra time to listen to you and ensure you are fully aware of what a ketamine infusion entails, and address any and all concerns you have.
We will review all informed consent materials and answer any outstanding questions you have.
Our treatment consists of six infusions over a period of three weeks. We will set up a schedule for your ketamine treatments that works best for you.
We will arrange payment for your infusion treatment.
Some medicines, even if they are not related in any way to what you are receiving ketamine injection therapy for, may have adverse interactions with ketamine treatment. We will review your medication list and advise if you should avoid taking any of your current medications for several days before or after your infusion to ensure optimal results.
We are dedicated to treating the whole person--mind, body, and spirit. As part of your treatment, you will be registered in our mood monitoring program, which tracks your daily mood and feelings via a mobile phone interface.
On The Day Of Your Infusion
Do not eat or drink anything for four hours before your scheduled infusion.
Do not consume any alcohol, tobacco, or other recreational drugs within 12 hours prior to your infusion appointment.
Since ketamine infusions can cause side effects including blurry vision, dissociation, or other mental changes, we require you to arrive at your appointment with an adult who can drive you home.
Before your scheduled ketamine infusion, we will once again go over all informed consent information and can answer any questions you have about ketamine IV procedures.
The Infusion Process
During your infusion, you will be seated in a comfortable recliner in a soothing environment.
Throughout the infusion procedure our staff will closely monitor your blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate.
Our ketamine infusions are administered via an intravenous catheter inserted in your arm. Each infusion lasts roughly 40 minutes. Infusions for pain therapy may last longer.
Following your infusion, we will continue to monitor your condition for 15 to 30 minutes before we discharge you.
We will confirm your follow-up ketamine treatment appointment times.
After Your Infusion
Please do not drive, drink alcohol, operate heavy machinery, or make any important decisions for 12 hours after your infusion.
You may eat a light meal or drink non-alcoholic liquids immediately after your infusion.
Our mood monitoring system will send you daily texts to check your personal mood and feelings.
Following Your Treatment
After your series of ketamine infusions have been concluded, we will continue to check in on you to monitor your condition and progress.
You can resume taking any medications you had to discontinue using during the ketamine infusion cycle.
Some patients may require occasional maintenance ketamine infusions to maintain their well-being and positive state. Usually, these injections occur several weeks or months after the initial course of six treatments. If you require a maintenance infusion, we can easily schedule one or more appointments.