What You Should Know About Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Traditional treatment options for PTSD, pain management, and mood disorders may not work for everyone. If your body does not respond well to conventional solutions, low-dose ketamine at Austin Ketamine Specialists in Austin, Texas, might be a safe alternative. 

The Science Behind Ketamine

Treatment-resistant individuals may benefit from ketamine because of a process called synaptogenesis. This process works by singling out and binding NMDA receptors in the brain, then activating the release of molecules that help the right neurons to communicate properly. 

What to expect at your first appointment

Under the medical direction of Paul Foster, DO, FACEP, we first guide you through a consultation. We need for you to provide information regarding prior mental illness and your medical history at your first appointment. Your psychological and medical backgrounds provide your doctor with the details necessary to determine if low-dose ketamine will ease your symptoms and if there are medication interactions that could cause complications. 

Once Dr. Foster gives the green light for your ketamine infusion, you will meet with them to go over the process and expectations in detail. This meeting will allow you to ask any questions and change your mind if you choose to do so. 

Potential side effects

If you consent, you will likely receive ketamine intravenously. During the infusion, you will be monitored closely for any adverse side effects. Your team of medical professionals will watch your heart rate and breathing for the duration of your appointment. Additional side effects you may experience can include:

If you experience any side effects, your doctor will be prepared to assist you. If you’re concerned about the intensity of length of these symptoms, there’s good news: these symptoms generally do not last for long and would be more potent during your first treatment than at follow-ups. 

Immediately after the infusion begins, you may become drowsy or fall asleep. Many patients experience fatigue strong enough to prevent them from operating heavy machinery after the infusion. Prepare in advance by making arrangements for someone to drive you home. 

After your appointment

After your infusion is complete, you may experience lingering fatigue or a feeling of exhaustion. Rest assured, any lingering symptoms are temporary and should disappear within a few days, at the latest. You may require several treatments before improvement for some pain, trauma, or mood disorders is noticeable. Because every person is different, be sure to discuss progress with your doctor to determine what treatment plan works best for your unique situation.

Don’t suffer alone

Here at Austin Ketamine Specialists, we believe that quality of life is crucial for your physical and emotional well-being. To schedule a consultation or appointment, give us a call at 512-400-4311, or book an appointment using our convenient online scheduling tool.

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