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If you or a loved one is suffering from debilitating depression or chronic pain, ketamine infusions may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
We are Omaha’s leading provider of ketamine infusions for the treatment of psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, Suicidal Ideation, and more) and chronic pain conditions. Operated by a highly experienced team, we offer affordable ketamine treatments in a safe and comfortable environment.
Researched and supported since the 1960s
Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic since the 1960’s. Over the past 15 years, research has shown that small doses of ketamine (delivered via a slow IV infusion) can rapidly relieve symptoms of depression and chronic pain. These findings have been confirmed in major institutions, including Yale University, VA Hospital, National Institute of Health (NIH), and Oxford University.
Safe and effective treatment
When ketamine is administered in small doses, unique conditions are created in the brain which trigger a delicate cascade of events. This series of events is believed to restore normal connectivity between key brain regions, relieving symptoms of many psychiatric disorders and chronic pain.
Ketamine has been used in operating rooms and on battlefields as an anesthetic and painkiller since the 1970s. In the hands of an experienced clinician or physician, ketamine for depression is very safe—and highly effective. Primary care physicians, emergency room physicians and anesthesiologists are the most qualified individuals to administer a ketamine infusion. The clinician or physician administering your ketamine infusion should carefully monitor your vital signs throughout the duration of your treatment. This ensures your comfort and safety.
When used for the treatment of depression or chronic pain, ketamine is administered as sub-anesthetic doses—much lower than those required to include anesthesia.
Like many highly effective medications, ketamine can be abused recreationally. In these situations, ketamine is taken in doses significantly higher than the IV ketamine doses we use to treat depression, psychiatric disorders, or chronic pain. Ketamine is a legal and safe drug, used every day as an anesthetic and emergency room painkiller. To minimize the risk of abuse, ketamine infusions are administered only under the supervision of a highly qualified physician—patients do not go home with a ketamine prescription. Ketamine is administered only at the appropriate dose, at the appropriate time, under appropriate settings.
IV ketamine infusions have emerged as the “gold standard” in ketamine administration, though there are several other ways for the drug to be administered. Ketamine may be administered orally, sublingually, intranasally or intramuscularly. These other routes of ketamine administration, however, are highly unpredictable. Furthermore, the majority of research that has been performed about ketamine for depression and chronic pain has used data from IV ketamine infusions.
The research done to date has shown ketamine to be remarkably effective for the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders. Research has found ketamine infusions to be effective in up to 70% of patients, many of whom had resisted other methods of depression treatment. Patients will know within 1-2 infusions whether ketamine will be effective for them.
The effects of ketamine infusions are oftentimes life-changing, though it’s not the “light switch flip” that patients sometimes imagine. Ketamine produces subtle changes—albeit rapidly—that enable depressed patients to engage in other activities to promote health and happiness. Ketamine lifts the figurative fog of depression enough that patients can find and move towards hope.
Our Omaha ketamine clinic works closely with each and every patient to determine whether ketamine infusions are a viable option for their unique symptoms and needs.
Congratulations on scheduling your first ketamine infusion! You’ve taken the first step towards changing your life.
Once we have your medical history form on file, and have received an Acknowledgement of Ongoing Care signed by your mental health practitioner or primary care physician, we are free to schedule your first ketamine infusion.
On the day of your first infusion, plan to be at our Omaha ketamine clinic for approximately 1.5-2 hours if you are receiving ketamine infusions for depression or psychiatric disorders, or longer if you are receiving ketamine infusions for chronic pain management. Please do not eat solid foods, milk, pulpy juices, or soup for at least 6 hours before your infusion. You may enjoy water and other clear liquids, Gatorade, apple juice, black coffee or tea up to 2 hours prior to your infusion.
During your ketamine infusion, we will set an IV, apply state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for your heart rate, heart rhythm and oxygen levels, and then begin the infusion. While we administer your ketamine infusion, you will be awake and alert. You will be able to interact with people, though most patients enjoy relaxing or listening to music during their ketamine infusion. You can anticipate a 45-minute infusion time for the treatment of depression and mood disorders, or up to 4-hours if you are treating a chronic pain condition.
Post-infusion, we will monitor your vitals for another half hour. Once we determine that you are stable, we will release you into the care of a friend or relative who can safely drive you home. We ask that you please not operate a vehicle for at least 24-hours after your ketamine treatment.
Ketamine side effects are generally mild and go away within 2-hours of your infusion. Side effects include nausea, mild hallucinations, or dizziness. If you suffer from nausea during your infusion, our ketamine clinic is equipped to administer an anti-nausea medication.
Research shows that the most effective ketamine infusion protocol for the treatment of depression is 4-6 infusions over the course of two weeks. Serial infusions are more effective than single infusions.
After your initial 4-6 infusions, you may need maintenance infusions on an ongoing basis to help maintain the positive results of your ketamine treatments. How often you need maintenance infusions will be dependent on your needs, as well as on the impact of other therapies you are using in conjunction with ketamine infusions. Remember, ketamine is not a cure for depression; it is part of a multi-modal approach to be used alongside talk therapy, exercise and other medications.
You should never discontinue the use of an antidepressant, antipsychotic, or any other prescription medication without the consent of a physician. That being said, it is important for us to review your medication list prior to beginning ketamine infusion therapy.
Contrary to popular belief, ketamine is not a physically addicting drug. For those who abuse the drug recreationally, it can be considered psychologically addicting. Recreational ketamine is used at much higher doses, and in much greater frequency, than we use at our Omaha ketamine clinic.
Since the early 2000’s, researchers have been compiling a growing body of data indicating ketamine’s efficacy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Study after study continues to prove that ketamine infusions may be the most miraculous depression treatment to become available in our lifetime. Here are some of the highlights from recent bodies of work studying ketamine for depression and other psychiatric disorders.
June 12, 2018
Psychedelic Medicine 101: The Curious Case of Ketamine
June 4, 2016
From Chaos to Calm: A Life Changed by Ketamine
October 4, 2012
Ketamine Relieves Depression By Restoring Brain Connections
June 21, 2017
There’s More Proof That Ketamine Works for Depression
June 27, 2017
New Hope for Depression
At our Omaha ketamine clinic, we strive to make ketamine infusions accessible to as many people as possible. Our pricing is significantly lower than competing ketamine clinics in the state of Nebraska. A low ketamine infusion cost does not mean you’ll sacrifice comfort or quality of care—we are a highly rated ketamine clinic who just wants to bring hope to as many patients as possible.
Ketamine infusions for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or other psychiatric disorders.
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