WHAT TO EXPECT FOR
On your infusion day you will arrive at our Laguna Beach clinic and be greeted by our receptionist. You will fill out a brief health assessment prior to your infusion. This assessment will help our team to determine your response to the infusion and to tailor the dose and timing of your subsequent infusions.
Our nurse will lead you to your room where she will start a small IV in your hand or arm. We will provide you with comfortable noise canceling headphones and light relaxing music to listen to during your infusion, or if you prefer you may bring your own music.
The ketamine infusion is started and you are instructed to recline, relax, and close your eyes. The medicine is given slowly over 40 minutes (the infusion is longer for pain disorders). During that time, we will intermittently and unobtrusively monitor your vital signs. The first 15-20 minutes you may have no noticeable effects.
Halfway through the infusion most patients begin to experience feelings described as: euphoria, floating, heightened perceptions, feeling disconnected, or in a dream. You are not asleep during the infusion and have full command of your faculties. Less commonly, patients may experience some anxiety, sweating, or a headache. Medications can be administered if those symptoms persist and/or become uncomfortable.
All of these feelings tend to subside approximately 10-15 minutes after the completion of the infusion. Most patients can expect to be with us for approximately 90 minutes from the time you enter the clinic to when you leave, with minimal to no side effects at that point and none between treatments.
After the infusion it is possible to notice mood effects of the infusion as soon as 1 hour afterwards, but typically those effects are noticed 4 to 24 hours post-infusion. If effective, there should be a perceptible difference in feeling less sad, more hopeful, with decreased thoughts of suicide, increased calmness and improvement of mood. For pain infusions, relief and improvement of symptoms typically occurs within hours of the infusion.
KETAMINE WELLNESS CLINIC OF ORANGE COUNTY
31852 COAST HIGHWAY
HEALTH CENTER WEST, SUITE 400
LAGUNA BEACH, CA 92651
PHONE: (949) 392.0159
FAX: (949) 315.7162
IF THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY CALL 911