Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a safe, proven, and sound procedure for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, suicidality, other mood disorders, and neuropathic pain conditions. Like any other medication, there are potential short-term side effects to the treatment. There are no known long-term side effects. While Ketamine For Depression has been researched thoroughly over the last 15 years, ketamine has been used for sedation and other indications at much higher doses for over 50 years and has proven itself to be a very safe medicine. Ketamine is still the most widely used anesthetic today.
A dedicated treatment provider will discuss the potential short-term side effects during the initial consultation and help the patient make a well-informed decision on whether or not to pursue treatment. Board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Steven L Mandel, has a masters degree in psychology and combines his specialties to provide ketamine therapy to patients from all over the United States and even other countries. Some of the local communities he provides treatment in: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Culver City, Westchester, California, and surrounding locations.
Potential Side Effects:
The most common short-term side effects of ketamine treatments are: mild nausea, dissociation, dizziness, and feeling tired or groggy following the infusion. While the majority of patients will not experience any significant side effects during IV ketamine therapy, they should be aware of them.
If the patient experiences any of the following less common side effects, they should contact their treatment provider, another physician, or go to their nearest hospital emergency room:
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Bluish skin or lips
- Blurry vision
- Discomfort or pain in the chest
- Confusion about time, places or people
- Unexplained cough
- Troubled or difficult breathing
- Difficulty, pain or burning sensation during urination
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Feeling of dizziness
- Lightheadedness or faintness when suddenly getting up from a sitting or lying position
- Episodes of fainting
- Irregular, slow or fast heartbeat
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Holding on to false beliefs and unable to change them with rationality or facts
- Shallow or irregular breathing
- Not being able to breathe
- Blue or pale skin or fingernails
- Swelling or puffiness in the eyelids or around the lips, eyes, tongue or face
- Feeling, hearing or seeing things that are not there
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive sweating
- Skin rashes
- Tightness in the chest
- Unexplained nervousness, excitement or restlessness
- Unusual weakness, fatigue, or tiredness
- Double vision
- Redness or flushing of the skin
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Uncontrolled eye movement
- Unusually warm skin
Most of the side effects following ketamine infusions are temporary and gradually subside following an infusion until they are completely gone after a full night of sleep. It is uncommon that patients require medical attention. As the patient’s body adapts to the medication during a series of infusions, side effects may not reoccur or may be less intense. The treatment provider may also be able to guide the patient about ways to minimize or prevent some of the side effects. Antiemetics for nausea and other medications can be given as adjuvants to help prevent or minimize side effects.
If any of the side effects persist, become bothersome, or the patient has questions, they should contact their provider. Minor changes in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and other bodily functions may occur in some cases. For instance, the blood pressure, pulse rate, or heart rate may increase. These changes in vital signs usually normalize without intervention. In some cases, medicine may be used.
Respiratory rate may also increase in some patients. Experienced anesthesiologist, Dr. Mandel, receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, and nearby areas for ketamine infusion treatments.
For more information about treatments for depression, bipolar, bipolar depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions, contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California by clicking here or calling 310-270-0625.