9 Facts You Need to Know Before Trying Ketamine Therapy

3rd August 2023
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Ketamine therapy has changed the life of thousands of people struggling with addiction, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions. If you have been considering ketamine therapy, you may be on the verge of enjoying the benefits of this innovative treatment. However, not all ketamine therapy is the same. Here are some facts you need to know before beginning ketamine therapy.

1. You Do Not Need a Psychiatrist Referral

While it is common for psychiatrists to refer patients for ketamine therapy, it is not required to seek this treatment.

2. Intravenous (IV) Ketamine Therapy Is the Preferred Method

There are various options for ketamine therapy, including IV, intramuscular, and nasal spray. IV treatments are easier to control and provide a smoother, pure experience for patients over intramuscular injections. Nasal spray is a maintenance therapy we utilize at Ketamine Healing Clinic for some patients after receiving IV therapy.

3. Anesthesiologists Should Perform IV Ketamine Therapy

You can receive ketamine therapy from a psychiatrist, but they may not have the same training as an anesthesiologist. You may want to seek IV treatment from a qualified anesthesiologist to receive the most effective dosage.

4. Some Medications or Drugs Should Be Avoided

Some drugs and medications can interfere with the effectiveness of ketamine. You should discuss what medications you are currently taking with your ketamine doctor – you may need to reduce your dosage or stop taking certain medications before your therapy.

5. Your Ketamine Therapy Should Be Customized

Your treatment should be individualized to your needs – there are no set standards for ketamine therapy. At Ketamine Healing Clinic, we customize each patient’s therapies based on their response.

6. Effects Occur Gradually

Many patients begin noticing changes in their mood and actions within 24 hours after their first ketamine session, but most changes occur gradually. It is an ongoing process, not an overnight change in your mental health.

7. Alcohol and Recreational Drugs Should Not Be Combined with Ketamine

It is essential to commit to improving your wellness with ketamine therapy. This includes stopping the use of marijuana, alcohol, and other recreational drugs. They can interfere with your treatment and may pose a health risk when used with ketamine.

8. Ketamine Is Not for Everyone

If you have certain health conditions, you may not be a good candidate for ketamine therapy. Those with uncontrolled high blood pressure, certain cardiovascular conditions, schizophrenia, psychosis, or other conditions, may not be a candidate for ketamine. A thorough medical evaluation should be performed before anyone receives ketamine therapy.

9. Do Not Use Certain Sleep Medications Before Ketamine Therapy

It is recommended not to use most sleep medications the night before ketamine therapy. They can interfere with the treatment – some natural options are available that can be safely used with ketamine therapy – ask your provider for recommendations.

If you are ready to explore ketamine therapy, contact our team at Ketamine Healing Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. We will schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahjoubi to determine whether ketamine therapy is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles

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