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What to Expect During Your First Ketamine Infusion Session

One of the most common mental illnesses is depression. For the most part, people can treat depression with prescribed medicine from their healthcare provider. However, some people are not able to treat depression in conventional ways. One very effective solution is ketamine therapy. Ketamine infusion therapy can improve the condition of someone with depression by leaps and bounds. Naturally, those who are interested in the treatment are also curious about the process of ketamine therapy. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the treatment process that we provide at Mindstream Medicine. 

Preparing for a Session

At Mindstream Medicine, our intake process is FREE and begins with a telephone consultation with our board-certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Husted. The consultation will involve many questions relating to your condition. It is crucial to understand your condition and anything you have done to treat it in the past. 

It is also important to know about any potential risks you have. Risks like alcohol abuse can be hazardous when combined with ketamine. It is also important to discuss your decision with your primary healthcare provider. If you are an appropriate candidate for ketamine therapy then you’ll move on to the next step. 

The Infusion Session

Once we give a treatment schedule, you will receive some guidelines on what to do before any of your sessions. Our schedules typically involve four to ten  planned sessions delivered over 3-6 weeks. To ensure your safety in the rare event of a negative side effect, Dr. Husted will monitor you during the session. Patients typically wear a headset playing peaceful music and a light-blocking eye mask; many patients also enjoy using our weighted blanket. You will also be kept conscious during the session. We then advise you to follow the treatment schedule after your session. 

It is essential to remember that ketamine therapy might not be for everyone. But if you are suffering from treatment-resistant depression, ketamine therapy is an option to consider. If you are interested in ketamine infusion therapy, then book a consultation with us at Mindstream Medicine in Philadelphia.