FAQS

Have a Question?

We're Here to Help

Ketamine

Our treatment protocol varies depending on your condition. During your free consultation we will discuss the best course of treatment for your unique situation.

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.

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.

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.

Ketamine

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spravato

Spravato is an innovative new nasal spray approved to treat unipolar depression. It is a nasal spray self-administered by the patient under medical supervision in a clinic setting. Spravato works by targeting the NMDA receptor within nerve cells.

At a certified Spravato treatment center, you will administer the nasal spray yourself. Spravato can not be bought in pharmacies and is only available to those within the Spravato Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program.

Patients can expect to feel a calm, relaxing sensation during the treatment. Some may experience a “light, floaty” feeling or see patterns or visual changes. After using the Spravato nasal spray, there is an observation period of at least two hours. Our staff will monitor you as you rest and you will not drive or operate heavy machinery until the next day, so you should plan for a ride on treatment days.

Improvement of depression symptoms was found after four weeks of Spravato (in addition to daily oral antidepressants) during clinical studies. However, after just one treatment, many patients experience immediate relief from depression and suicidal ideation.

Yes, Spravato is covered by insurance.

Billing and Financing

While ketamine treatment is not covered by insurance, we are excited to announce that most insurance plans now provide reimbursement to their members for a portion of 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. 

Yes, we offer 6-14 months interest free financing. Please contact us to learn more. The application process is fast and easy. Our clinic also accepts HSA, FSA, cash, and credit cards.

Our services are generally not covered by Medicare. However, Medicare-eligible patients can receive the benefit of Spravato treatment at Revitalizing Infusion Therapies if the patient voluntarily agrees to a private pay contract. This contract states that the patient will not submit medical charges to Medicare for reimbursement. The patient must review and sign the contract prior to scheduling the initial treatment.

At Revitalizing Infusion Therapies, we are proud to offer discounts for military members, law enforcement officers, and first responders. Schedule a consultation to find out more information.

General

Please note that we have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

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.

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.

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 such as Uber, Lyft, SunRail and Lynx stations.

Call Us
Free Consult