Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be referred by my psychiatrist?

No, you don't need a referral. We'll still want to discuss your medical history, and you'll go through a consultation to determine if this treatment is right for you.

If ketamine therapy works for me how soon will I begin to feel better?

Some people feel relief from core symptoms within hours, while others might take a day or more. Sometimes it takes more than one treatment to start feeling the benefits.

Where is the treatment performed?

All treatments are outpatient and take place right here at our Santa Clarita clinic.

Will I require ketamine treatments for the rest of my life?

No, not at all. Some patients find long-term relief after just a series of treatments.

Will ketamine therapy help my treatment-resistant depression?

Ketamine therapy has a very high success rate in treating major depression. Research and our own experience show that up to 80% of patients see positive treatment outcomes, including fast and significant relief. We tailor the treatment to you, aiming to give you the best shot at success.

What should I expect during my infusions of ketamine?

The infusion lasts about 40 minutes, with the dose determined by your weight. You won't lose consciousness and might experience bright colors or even a "dissociative" sensation. Most people find it manageable and some even pleasant.

How many ketamine treatments will I receive?

Most people go through a series of four to six treatments based on how they respond.

How will I feel after my infusion?

The dissociative properties of ketamine might make you feel a bit tipsy, nauseous, or tired. Many are back to work within 1-2 hours, but it's a good idea to take the rest of the day off after your first session just to be safe.

What happens after my series of ketamine treatments?

We'll have a follow-up consultation 4 weeks after your initial series. Most people opt for another series of 4 treatments in the next 3-6 months, but this varies widely from person to person.

Should you get ketamine treatment in combination with therapy?

Combining ketamine treatment with ongoing therapy can be a powerful approach for some individuals. If you are currently receiving individual therapy for mental health issues, ask your therapist about ketamine infusions for more effective treatment.

Are there other side effects I should be concerned about?

In some people, physical symptoms of treatment may include nausea or a brief headache. You'll likely feel tired, and that's why we monitor your vital signs during the treatment.

What medical conditions could keep me from receiving ketamine?

Not many, but we'll go over any contraindications in medical conditions or prescription medications during your initial consultation.

Do I need to bring someone with me?

You don't need company during the treatment, but you will need a ride home. Operating machinery is off the table for the rest of the day.

Can I eat or drink before my appointment?

Skip solid foods for 6 hours prior, but clear liquids and coffee are fine.

Will my current psychiatric medications interfere with ketamine treatment?

Most antidepressants don't interfere with ketamine, so there's no need to stop taking them. Always consult your prescribing physician before making any changes to your medication.

Will my insurance company pay for ketamine therapy?

Insurance typically doesn't cover IV ketamine, but we offer payment plans to make it more manageable. Ready to take the first step towards a brighter, more balanced life?<br><br>Reach out today to schedule your initial consultation. We're here to guide you every step of the way.