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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Ketamine has been used safely for decades in emergency rooms, operating rooms, and in the military around the world. At K\MD Wellness, we have extensive knowledge and a deep understanding of ketamine and know how to carefully administer it. The dose is low and given as a slow infusion so you remain awake. As we are expert providers, you can trust that you are in good hands. We vigilantly monitor your infusions and know how to manage the extremely rare event of a complication. When administered by a highly trained provider, ketamine therapy is a safe and effective treatment for mood disorders and chronic pain.

Ketamine is approved by the FDA for use as an anesthetic and analgesic in the setting of operating rooms and emergency departments. Outpatient ketamine treatment for depression, along with PTSD, anxiety, OCD, postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder are not approved by the FDA. When it is used in this way, it is considered an “off-label” use of the medicine. It is not uncommon for medications to be prescribed for “off-label” use.

Every patient is unique. The duration of relief between infusions varies from person to person. Some patients will have relief for 1-2 months while others have longer lasting relief of 3-6 months. Additional treatments are available as they are needed and this is why ongoing mood monitoring is so important.

When you arrive for your appointment at K\MD Wellness you will be guided to your private infusion suite equipped with a comfortable recliner, blanket, and wireless noise-canceling headphones.  While it is recommended that distractions are minimized and you embark on your ketamine journey alone, your suite has additional seating if you prefer to have a family member or friend accompany you. During your stay we will be monitoring you at all times via video and periodically checking your vital signs and how you are feeling. Should you ever need additional attention, your call button assures that we are only a touch away.

Your ketamine infusion treatment will last 45-60 minutes. During the treatment, patients usually feel a sense of calm and comfort. Many experience a mild euphoria, described by some as a warm out of body sensation. Other patients describe a “dissociation” effect which most find pleasant as well. All of these experiences are a normal part of treatment and the therapeutic effect of ketamine.

Following your ketamine experience, you may feel a sensation of floating and might have some temporary changes in vision. For this reason, you will remain in your recliner for an additional 20-30 minutes before departing with your designated driver.

Ketamine infusions are extremely well-tolerated. It is possible, though uncommon, to experience dizziness or mild nausea. We have IV anti-nausea medications that we can give you if you need them at any time. Hallucinations are a frequent concern, however, with the low doses used, it is extremely rare.

Unless otherwise specified by your doctor, you should continue to take your regular medications. Ketamine therapy often enables one to decrease or completely stop their oral medications. We will collaborate with your provider, as needed, to guide you through any changes to your medication regimen.

If you prefer to bring someone, they are welcome, but you do not need anyone to accompany you. If you do bring someone, they are welcome to wait in the waiting room or join you in the infusion room. However, even if you arrive alone, you will still require a ride home and will not be able to drive a car for the rest of the day.

Ketamine therapy has shown to be effective for people suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, migraines, and various chronic pain conditions.

Many ketamine providers offer only ketamine infusions.  At K\MD Wellness we believe a holistic approach will lead to more transformational healing. Integration coaching extends the insights gained through ketamine treatment into your mind and life. The potential benefit and lasting rewards of your ketamine experience will be greater through integration.  Prior to your first infusion, you will spend one hour with our ketamine integration coaches to prepare you for your upcoming experience. During your series of infusions, four additional integration sessions will give you the opportunity to reflect on your journey with professionals that will assist you in restoring health to your subconscious and conscious mind. 

Ketamine works in an entirely different way compared to common antidepressant medications. It inhibits NMDA receptors in your brain and leads to increased neuronal activity and the formation of new neuronal connections. This is also why results are often seen so much faster with ketamine therapy. Traditional antidepressants can take a long time to start working.

Possibly. It depends on what your employer tests. If you are a current patient of ours and require a drug test, we will gladly provide records of your infusions, upon your request.

For your safety, do not eat any solid foods for at least 6 hours prior to your treatment. However, you can have clear liquids (water, tea, coffee, juice, etc.) up to 2 hours prior to your treatment.

No, it is not safe to drive on the day of treatment. You will need a ride home planned out beforehand by either family, or a friend. You may use a ride-sharing service but must confirm a set destination with clinic staff prior to leaving.

We recommend getting your treatments on a day when you are not working. You can resume normal function the following day.

While searching for a provider for ketamine therapy near you, if the answers to any of these questions are “NO”, call us at K\MD Wellness, located near Fort Lauderdale, FL, and let us explain why these are so vital to your treatment. We look forward to speaking with you and embarking with you on your healing journey!

  • Am I offered a free (no obligation) consultation with a physician?
  • Will I be receiving my ketamine intravenously (the “gold standard” for ketamine treatment)?
  • Is there a physician present and engaged during my infusion visits?
  • Is the office staff available for communication after business hours?
  • Am I provided ketamine integration therapy as part of my treatment (for no additional cost)?
  • Am I provided flexible scheduling options?
  • Am I continuously monitored (video and vital signs) during my treatment?
  • Does the facility offer private infusion suites?
  • Does the physician adjust my ketamine dosing according to my individual and psychological needs (both during and in between my infusions)?
  • Does my ketamine provider follow the most recent evidence-based best-practice treatment guidelines?
  • Is this ketamine clinic a physician owned practice?
  • Does the provider have extensive experience and expertise in the administration of ketamine and dealing with mental health issues?

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