Ketamine can be a game-changer for patients suffering from depression and other mood disorders. Many people struggle for years, bouncing from one pharmaceutical medication to another, only to find temporary relief. Ketamine is different. The age-old anesthetic, which has been used for more than 60 years in hospitals, restores connections in the brain to target the root cause of depression. It is allowing patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and pain disorders to return to a life they love. Now, thanks to new, reduced pricing ($100 off) more patients are turning to IV Ketamine.
Innovative Ketamine offers the most affordable pricing for IV ketamine in the Chicago area. Unfortunately, insurance companies will not cover IV treatment, as this is an off-label use of the drug. This can deter some people from pursuing treatment, which is unfortunate given that ketamine has a 75 percent success rate in treating depression. Innovative Ketamine has made every effort to keep the cost as low as possible so you can get the treatment you deserve. We will accept insurance for your initial consultation. Each infusion will however be self-pay, at a rate of $350.
Does Ketamine replace my current medications?
Ketamine is not a replacement for therapy or even medication, but rather an adjunct to your current mental health treatments. We are happy to collaborate with your psychiatrist and/or therapist. It is recommended that you wait at least 3 weeks after changing your medications before starting infusions.
How many treatments do I need?
The treatment protocol for depression and mood disorders is a series of 6 infusions over the course of 2 weeks. Each infusion is 45-55 minutes in length, but you should expect to spend 75-90 minutes at the clinic. Following the initial series of infusions, patients typically require booster infusions once per month. We also use Nasal Ketamine to help prolong the monthly IV Ketamine needed. We can discuss this protocol at your first consultation.
What is treatment like?
Most people find the ketamine infusion experience to be pleasant. Infusions are given in private, spa-like rooms. Patients do not usually sleep as the dose given is lower than an anesthetic dose, but you do go into a dream-like state (in-between dreaming and being awake, where you can control the dream). The infusion for mood disorders generally lasts about 45 minutes, whereas infusions for pain may take up to three hours.
Please wear comfortable, loose clothing so we are able to easily place the cardiac monitor leads under your shirt. Have a light meal a couple of hours before your treatment, but do not eat immediately prior to your visit, as ketamine may cause nausea. We will pretreat you with Zofran before your infusion to reduce any chance of nausea.
We allow a guest to be with you, however, this is a very personal decision. Some people can be comforting and helpful, whereas others may increase anxiety. Dr. Khare feels it is best to be alone for treatment, as it is the patient’s personal journey, however we leave this decision up to you. Innovative Ketamine has a comfortable waiting room where your friend/family member can wait. If a patient chooses to have a guest in the room with them during their infusion, we ask the guest to simply sit quietly, not interrupting the infusion by talking or moving.
Most effects of the medicine wear off within minutes after the infusion, but patients may feel more tired than usual for a few hours following their visit. Ketamine is generally well-tolerated, but if any side effects are encountered such as visual disturbances or elevated blood pressure, our staff will quickly give IV medications to counteract them.
We advise you to go directly home after your first infusion. After subsequent infusions, you may be able to return to work 1-2 hours after your infusion. It’s normal to feel fatigued, tired, or even a little intoxicated after your infusion. Until you know how you’ll react, we advise you to take the day off.
You will not be able to drive for 12 hours following your infusion. Patients must arrange to have a ride home from their appointment.