If you have a treatable mental health or pain condition without severe medical conditions, you can call us at 703-844-0184 or go to our website, NOVA Health Recovery, to start the process.
We require an in-office consultation to establish care with you. In this consultation, we discuss your mental health journey, look at integrative solutions and consider additional treatments you may have missed, and discuss ketamine therapy with you. How ketamine therapy works and how to maintain its effects are discussed during this evaluation. We develop your personalized care plan during this process.
You can initiate the ketamine treatment that day if it is appropriate for you. This treatment can be at-home oral and nasal spray ketamine or the more rapid and effective ketamine infusion series. You will need a driver or Uber to go home afterward.
The dosing is generally 0.5 mg to 1 mg/kg and medication to prevent nausea, the main side-effect, is given as well. You do not have to dissociate to make this work, meaning that the initial doses are therapeutic and lighter. You will be awake the whole time. Doses are increased with each subsequent infusion and adjusted to clinical outcomes to minimize side effects.
If during the infusion you feel anxious, we can use medication support to help or slow down the drip. The amazing thing about IV ketamine is that any feelings or journey you are having will immediately resolve when the drip is stopped.
How many sessions of infusions are needed? Generally, 6 infusions over 2-3 weeks are required. Ketamine infusions twice or three times a week are effective in producing remission or significant improvement in up to 70% of patients in depression.
Results of the ketamine infusion are generally seen around the third or fourth infusion, and for many, improvement is noticed as improved mood, less negativity, clarity of thought, and fewer looping thoughts as early as the first infusion.
This allows you to control the relief in the comfort of your own home.