The Most Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral to receive ketamine treatments?
No, you do not need a referral to receive ketamine treatments. At Revitalizing Infusion Therapies, we do require all of our patients to meet with one of our licensed providers and undergo a thorough history and physical exam. Even though most patients will not need a referral, some patients may be asked for a written referral from their mental health or primary care provider.
Why doesn't my doctor use ketamine for treatment?
The majority of providers who have extensive experience with ketamine work in anesthesia or emergency medicine. Ketamine is a very safe medication, however, patient safety during the treatment requires a qualified and experienced provider who can respond to emergencies. Our clinic is highly specialized and you will be treated and continuously monitored by an experienced provider.
Are ketamine treatments covered by insurance?
Yes, Spravato is covered by insurance. We are excited to announce that most insurance plans now provide reimbursement to their members for a portion of other treatment costs. Revitalizing Infusion Therapies offers our dedicated insurance specialist to help negotiate your estimated reimbursement. This is a complimentary service provided to help lower the barrier of the cost of treatment. Please contact us today to learn more about how you can qualify for reimbursement assistance. Our clinic does accept cash, credit cards, and our 0% interest-free financing. Contact us today to learn more!
Is there financing available for ketamine treatments?
Yes, we offer up to 15 months interest free financing. Please contact us to learn more. The application process is fast and easy.
Is ketamine treatment right for me?
The safety of ketamine has been demonstrated repeatedly over the last five decades; however, not all patients are ideal candidates for this treatment. Please call us for a free telephone consultation so that we can learn more about your medical history.
Is ketamine safe?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has placed ketamine on the list of the most essential medications, due to its benefits and wide margin of safety. Unlike other anesthesia or pain medications that decrease basic functions such as breathing and blood pressure, ketamine preserves breathing, while stimulating heart rate and blood pressure. Research shows that ketamine used in small doses does not lead to long-term side effects.
How many ketamine treatments do I need?
Our treatment protocol varies depending on your condition. During your free consultation we will discuss the best course of treatment for your unique situation.
Can I drive after my treatment?
No, you cannot drive after receiving a treatment. You will be required by our clinic to have a driver on your treatment days. The driver can be a family member or a trusted friend or neighbor, someone to get you to and from our clinic safely. Additionally, you do have the option of convenient public transportation, since we are located next to the SunRail and Lynx stations.
Can I eat or drink on the day of my treatment?
Please do not have anything to eat for 6 hours prior to your scheduled treatment time. You may drink clear liquids up to two hours prior to your scheduled treatment time.
Who will administer my ketamine treatment?
You will have an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) monitoring your vital signs, comfort level, and overall experience. A provider with an extensive history in ketamine administration will be by your side throughout your treatment.
What conditions can ketamine treat?
Clinical evidence has shown ketamine is effective for the treatment of depression, treatment-resistant depression (TRD), refractory depression, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, migraines, and other chronic conditions.
Will certain conditions prevent me from receiving ketamine treatments?
Ketamine is an extremely safe medication when administered in a controlled setting and in low doses by a licensed provider. However, there are a few medical conditions that might prohibit you from receiving ketamine treatments and include the following: uncontrolled high blood pressure, unstable heart disease, untreated hyperthyroid disease, renal insufficiency, liver impairment, current manic episode, or active psychotic (hallucinations or delusions) symptoms associated with schizophrenia, history of ketamine dependence and current pregnancy.
If you are suffering from acute suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. We will help you get in touch with your local crisis center or mental health provider. However, our clinic does not currently treat patients with acute suicidal ideations.
Are there potential side-effects from the ketamine treatments?
Side effects are uncommon due to safety precautions and the use of low-dose ketamine for our treatments. Although not typical, side effects may include a mild increase in blood pressure and heart rate, light-headedness, temporary blurred vision, the sensation of “floating”, euphoria, and nausea. At our clinic, each patient is monitored continuously with each infusion; heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. You will be given medications to treat any sides effects such as nausea, for instance. Currently, there is no data documenting long-term side effects with low doses of ketamine administered for short periods of time.
Please note that we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.
Do I need to stop taking my medications prior to a ketamine treatment?
It is recommended that you continue to take all your medications as scheduled. As you progress with your ketamine treatment plan, you may find a decreased need for your medications or antidepressants. It is highly recommended that you continue to work with your primary care provider or mental health provider to wean off these medications rather than stopping abruptly to prevent potential rebound effects.
We also recommend that you not take benzodiazepines (i.e. Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium) the day of your treatment. You may obtain better results if you are weaned off of your benzodiazepines prior to ketamine treatment. Opioid pain medications (i.e. Oxycontin, Vicodin, Norco, Percocet, MS-Contin) and muscles relaxers should not be taken 6 hours prior to your infusion or within 4 hours after your infusion. If you have a prescription to medical cannabis, we also recommend you avoid the use 3 days prior to your treatment.