Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine Infusion Therapy services offered in Fremont, CA

Ketamine infusion therapy is an innovative solution to the problem of treatment-resistant depression and other mental health problems. If depression therapy and medication aren’t relieving your symptoms, Ocean Psychiatry in Fremont, California, can help. The practice’s experienced mental health professionals offer ketamine infusion therapy treatment that can help you overcome the hopelessness and fatigue depression causes. To see if you could benefit from ketamine infusion therapy, call Ocean Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Q & A

What is ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy provides relief for patients struggling with major depressive disorder. It can also help people with other mental health problems like anxiety disorders.

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that sedates patients and reduces pain. While anesthesiologists have been using ketamine for over six decades, it’s now proving to be a valuable option for treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions.

Why would I need ketamine infusion therapy?

Depression and anxiety are common, disabling illnesses that often have a devastating effect on people’s lives. They can cause intensely distressing emotions that are difficult to control and may persist for months, often years.

Many patients with mental health disorders respond well to a combination of medication (antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs) and psychotherapy (talk therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy).

Unfortunately, some people’s symptoms fail to improve even after trying many different drugs and therapies. These treatment-resistant mental health disorders often improve with ketamine infusion therapy, providing patients with a safe, effective alternative to traditional treatments.

What does ketamine infusion therapy involve?

Ketamine infusion therapy takes place in Ocean Psychiatry’s warm, welcoming infusion suite. You sit or lie down and relax while your provider inserts a hollow needle in an arm vein. The needle attaches to a slim tube (catheter), down which a measured dose of ketamine passes from a storage bag.

The process takes around 30-40 minutes. During that time, you can use the complimentary Wi-Fi service to entertain yourself with electronic devices like smartphones or tablets. Or you can simply enjoy a peaceful period of relaxation.

Patients usually tolerate ketamine well. It takes effect quickly, unlike most psychiatric medications, which can take 4-6 weeks to start working. The IV infusion ensures that you benefit from the entire dose, which isn’t always true of medications you swallow.

Your Ocean Psychiatry provider can adjust the dose or stop your treatment if necessary. If you do experience a reaction, ketamine is short-acting, so the effects should wear off within minutes.

How many ketamine infusions will I need?

Most patients benefit from six ketamine infusions spread over two or three weeks, then a single treatment every week for the following month. This program provides longer-lasting results than just having a couple of sessions.

You might benefit from booster treatments after your initial round of ketamine infusion therapy. Boosters could be monthly or twice a year, depending on what you need. 

In addition to ketamine infusion therapy, Ocean Psychiatry offers the Spravato™ esketamine nasal spray.

To find out if ketamine infusion therapy can help you overcome treatment-resistant mental health problems, call Ocean Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.