Ketamine Treatment Philadelphia
What to Expect
Ketamine therapy consists of a series of small doses of ketamine administered by a medical professional over a series of days to relieve the symptoms of severe depression, PTSD, OCD, and more. Relief for those who respond to ketamine therapy often happens within minutes of receiving ketamine, but may take up to 24 hours or require a second dose. Booster treatments may be discussed with your doctor.
Ketamine treatments happen at a clinic or doctor’s office, and patients are monitored during and after the administration of the drug. Because of the anesthetic properties of ketamine, most people experience a slight “out of body” sensation, much like when using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at the dentist. Other side effects might be changes in heart rate, blood pressure, or breathing. Doses of ketamine for therapy are much lower than those used for surgery, so these physical reactions are much less acute than with surgical applications, and patients are usually released into the care of a friend or family member less than an hour after treatment concludes.
IV Ketamine Therapy slowly administers small doses of ketamine intravenously over 40-50 minutes.