What is ketamine infusion therapy?
Ketamine infusion therapy is a type of IV treatment that uses ketamine to improve symptoms of conditions like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. Ketamine infusion therapy is usually given as a series of infusions over the course of several weeks or months. The number of treatments you need will depend on the severity of your condition and how well you respond to treatment.
How does ketamine therapy work?
In contrast to most medications, which predominantly work on the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, ketamine works on a variety of neurotransmitter systems. It is proven to work on the glutamate system which adjusts levels of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. Additionally, ketamine is thought to increase levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), a protein that helps support the health of nerve cells. This may help protect against some of the damage that can be caused by stress and depression.
Is ketamine therapy legal?
Yes, ketamine is a FDA approved medication with proven medical uses.
Are ketamine infusions covered by insurance?
No. Ketamine infusions are considered to be investigational at this time. We can provide a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance. The amount may be reimbursed or applied to your deductible, but every insurance plan is different.
Does ketamine help/work with treating anxiety?
Yes, there is research to support that ketamine can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety. The most appropriate treatment option for psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, is usually a series of 6-12 one-hour low-dose infusions. If you have been living with anxiety and haven’t found relief from other treatments, ketamine could be an option for you. Ketamine is generally well-tolerated and most people don’t experience any serious side effects. The most common side effects are dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, which typically only last for a short period of time.
Does ketamine help/work with treating depression?

Yes, ketamine has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression. A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that a single dose of ketamine infusion was able to improve symptoms of depression in patients who had not responded well to other treatments. The study found that 70% of the participants who received ketamine reported a decrease in their depression symptoms after just one infusion. Ketamine has also been shown to be effective in treating other conditions like PTSD, social anxiety disorder, treatment-resistant depression, and more.

Does ketamine help/work with treating pain?
Yes, ketamine has been shown to be an effective treatment for pain. Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and other conditions can be treated with ketamine. High dose infusions are not necessarily more effective than lower doses, and in some cases may actually be less so. Get in touch with our team to learn more about how ketamine can help you manage your pain.
What is ketamine used for medically?

Ketamine is most commonly used as an anesthetic. It is also sometimes used to treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. Research has shown that ketamine can be an effective treatment for conditions that haven’t responded well to other treatments. We have extensive experience in using ketamine for a variety of medical conditions.

Are ketamine infusions FDA approved?
Ketamine has been used for over 50 years in medical settings and is an FDA-approved medication. It is not FDA approved for mental health or pain conditions at this time although research is ongoing. All ketamine use at Active Ketamine is off-label.