Treatment Day Instructions for Ketamine Infusions
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.