Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ketamine is a synthetic medication that has been used in humans for over 50 years. It is a non-addictive treatment option for major depression, mood irregularities, and various chronic pain conditions. Recent evidence has strongly supported its’ effectiveness. Ketamine can be administered multiple ways, however, the most efficacious route is intravenous. At Ketamine Healing of Los Angeles, we use the intravenous route.
Under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist, intravenous Ketamine is extremely safe, even in large doses.
You do not need a Psychiatrist’s referral for treatment. However, Dr. Mahjoubi will speak with you on the phone to discuss your prior treatment history and assess your candidacy for IV Ketamine treatments.
Ketamine works two ways: psychotropic and biochemical. With the psychotropic pathway, patients have mild, euphoric dissociations and enter a state free of worries- this carries over to their day to day lives. For the biochemical pathway, Ketamine increases connections between neurons, or brain cells, and alters the concentration of Glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain.
At the Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles, infusions are 60 minutes long. However, we don't disturb you until 75 minutes have passed, since patients often feel they are processing deep thoughts and "getting work done" on themselves. Ketamine therapy is often described as "A very deep therapy session with yourself.
We have seen patients wake up with positive results. The average length of time to noticeable benefits is anywhere from the same day to 48 hrs later. The number of treatments also influences the time to chronic relief.
A small percentage of patients experience nausea or headache. For our infusions we always place an anti-nausea medication called Zofran. If this does not work we add a second type of anti-nausea medication for the second and subsequent infusions. If a headache does occur, we add a medication called Toradol to the infusion for subsequent treatments - this medication is similar to aspirin.
For patients with Depression or PTSD, we have approximately an 85% success rate. Of course, external life influencers have a significant effect on the extent to which Ketamine can help. For patients with chronic pain, please call our office to speak to the doctor about your chances for pain relief with Ketamine.
If you have any symptoms of depression, mood irregularities or chronic pain you may be a candidate for IV Ketamine treatments. Please call to speak to the doctor at (866) 987-7874 to assess your candidacy.
The fee for 5 treatments is $2850. If you choose one treatment, the fee is $650. Please refer to our pricing page for further details.
At this time insurance does not recognize Ketamine as a treatment option for depression or chronic pain. However, we are happy to provide you with documentation for treatment so that you may attempt to get reimbursed.