Are you excited about the prospect of ketamine therapy, but still have questions? We understand! You can find answers to a number of questions we are commonly asked below. If you have a specific question about how Panhandle Ketamine Care can help you, we are always available. Just give us a call! (806) 350-7287
Frequently asked questions
What is ketamine?
Ketamine was developed over a half century ago for providing anesthesia during surgery. Since then, it’s been FDA-approved and widely considered a very safe and effective drug. It’s able to reverse damage to parts of the body that have been injured by stress, depression, and pain.
Why are providers prescribing ketamine for reasons other than anesthesia?
Recent research shows that ketamine can successfully treat conditions such as major depression, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and pain syndromes.
How many other clinics are providing this treatment?
We're the first outpatient ketamine clinic treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD in the Texas panhandle.
How effective is it?
Research shows that up to 80% of patients treated with a ketamine infusion show a positive response. However, just like all things in medicine, not all drugs work similarly in all people.
How does it work?
Typical antidepressants target neurons that inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Ketamine, on the other hand, works more broadly by blocking the NMDA receptor, a component of the fast-signaling glutamate system that effects nearly all neurons. Brain scans completed on patients treated with ketamine infusions show that ketamine rapidly induces synaptogenesis, repairing damage caused by chronic stress.
Should I continue seeing my current provider?
Yes. Many providers are still not familiar with this treatment option. We will collaborate with your provider to offer you this treatment option and answer any questions you or they may have before, during, and after your infusions. We do not adjust any medications you're currently taking. We do not prescribe any medications that are not directly related to your ketamine infusion therapy treatment plan.
How long will the results last?
Results from single infusions can last anywhere from days to weeks. A series of six infusions may last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Results will vary with each person.
Why should I choose ketamine infusions?
For many of you, this is not your first attempt at trying to treat your symptoms. Many antidepressant medications may take up to six weeks to work and often cause multiple side effects. Ketamine infusions can offer quick relief from your symptoms without the side effects of typical antidepressants.
What are the risks?
A ketamine dose is exceptionally low, so the risks are extremely low. The treatment is generally well-tolerated. During the treatment, a Registered Nurse will monitor you. We'll walk you through a consent form outlining the risks before administering the infusion. We reserve the right to deny treatment for any reason.
Will I become addicted?
Studies and clinical experience have found that very low doses of ketamine, administered in a controlled medical setting over infrequent time periods, lead to virtually no opportunity for addiction or abuse to occur.
How will I feel during the infusion?
During the infusion, you may notice what we call dissociative symptoms: some blurring of vision, a floating sensation, feelings of intoxication or euphoria. These feelings should subside less than an hour after the infusion is completed.
Can it help with PTSD?
Yes! Glutamate is believed to play a role in forming memories involved with traumatic events. Ketamine antagonizes glutamate NMDA receptors, making it possible to disrupt the persistent fear and stress associated with such memories. Many studies to learn more about ketamine in relation to PTSD have been completed with positive results. Additional studies are being performed by the US Department of Veteran Affairs for the treatment of PTSD in veterans.
Will you provide treatment to everyone?
We reserve the right to refuse treatment if we do not see a fit. If you have questions about your eligibility for treatment, please contact us.
Are infusions covered by my insurance?
It depends. Due to ketamine being off of patent, there is no financial incentive for drug companies to put ketamine through stringent FDA studies to gain approval for the treatment of depression and other mood disorders. Thus, ketamine will continue to be labeled as "off-label" use for mood disorders. We will provide a receipt for services provided for individuals interested in billing insurance. You may be reimbursed, but there is no guarantee. We do not accept insurance payments at the clinic; however, we do accept credit cards, cashiers checks, or money orders.
Do I need a provider referral for this service?
No. Contact us at (806) 350-7287 to schedule a consultation today!
Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from getting ketamine infusion treatment?
There are very few; high blood pressure and/or heart failure are the two conditions that need to be controlled before starting treatment.