How Will I Feel During and After a Ketamine Infusion?
The experience of a ketamine infusion can vary from person to person, but there are some common effects that patients may typically experience during and after the infusion. It’s important to remember that individual responses can differ based on factors such as dosage, medical condition, and personal sensitivity to the medication.
During the Ketamine Infusion:
- Sensations of Dissociation: Ketamine is known for its dissociative properties, which may lead to feelings of detachment from one’s body or surroundings. Some patients may experience altered perceptions of time, space, or self.
- Floating Sensation: Some individuals describe a sensation of “floating” or feeling weightless during the infusion.
- Mild Visual and Auditory Hallucinations: At higher doses, some patients may experience mild visual or auditory hallucinations, which are typically short-lived and not distressing.
- Deep Relaxation: Many patients experience a profound sense of relaxation during the infusion.
- Changes in Thought Patterns: Ketamine may lead to changes in thought patterns, and some patients may have insights or new perspectives on their emotions or life experiences.
- Emotional Release: Some patients may experience the release of emotions or have a cathartic experience during the infusion.
After the Ketamine Infusion:
- Continued Relaxation: The feeling of relaxation may persist after the infusion is completed.
- Improved Mood: For individuals receiving ketamine infusion for depression or other mood disorders, there may be an improvement in mood that lasts for several days to weeks following the infusion.
- Clarity of Mind: Some patients report enhanced mental clarity and reduced “brain fog” after the infusion.
- Fatigue or Drowsiness: Ketamine can cause drowsiness or fatigue, and patients may feel sleepy or have reduced energy levels after the session.
- Nausea: While not experienced by everyone, some individuals may experience mild nausea or gastrointestinal discomfort during or after the infusion.
- Integration Period: Some patients may need time to process their experiences during the infusion and may benefit from having a supportive environment during this integration phase.
It’s important to note that ketamine infusion therapy is conducted in a controlled medical setting, and patients are closely monitored during the procedure.
Healthcare providers aim to create a safe and supportive environment to manage any potential adverse effects and ensure a positive treatment experience.
After the infusion, patients may be advised to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for a certain period due to potential lingering effects of ketamine.
Patients should follow their healthcare provider’s instructions and any post-infusion guidelines provided.
As with any medical treatment, individual responses can vary, and patients should communicate openly with their healthcare provider about their experiences and any concerns they may have.