Treatment Day Instructions for Ketamine Infusions

Before Treatment

  • Do not consume solid food or milk products for 6 hours prior to receiving treatment.
  • You may consume black coffee or clear liquids (any liquid you are able to see clearly through a glass) up to 2 hours prior to receiving treatment.
  • Our team will advise you on which medications to take prior to your infusion.
  • Plan to have a driver accompany you to take you home after the infusion.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • If you have a favorite blanket or pillow, you may bring it with you to use.
  • If you use a CPAP machine at home, bring it with you.

During Treatment

  • You will be seated in a comfortable reclining lounge chair for the duration of the infusion.
  • The lights in the room will be dimmed during the infusion.
  • You may choose to wear headphones and play music during the infusion.
  • Relax. You are under the care of highly skilled professionals who will be in constant attendance.
  • An IV will be started by one of our nurses or doctors.
  • We will obtain vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation) prior to beginning the infusion.
  • Some patients receive a small dose of oxygen via plastic nasal cannula.
  • We will inform you when the infusion begins. Most patients drift off to a pleasant sleep although some will remain awake.
  • If you have any unpleasant images or feel uncomfortable at any time, inform the nurse who is in attendance.
  • When your infusion is completed, you will be reassured as you awaken.
  • When you feel you’re ready, the IV will be taken out.

After Treatment

  • We recommend that you use the bathroom prior to leaving the clinic.
  • When you feel you’re ready, one of our nurses will take you by wheelchair to your car.
  • It is normal to feel tired for the remainder of the day.
  • Some patients will have double or blurred vision or dizziness for an hour or two after treatment.
  • Do not drive or operate any kind of machinery at any time for 24 hours.
  • Do not make any serious decisions (e.g. financial, personal, etc.) for 24 hours.
  • Do not consume any alcohol for 24 hours.
  • You may resume your normal medications as scheduled.
  • You may resume eating and drinking as you wish.
  • It is unusual to have nausea on the evening of a treatment, but it can occur.
  • If you experience any significant medical problems such as chest pain, significant shortness of breath, or hives, go to an Emergency Room.