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What to Expect During Your Ketamine Therapy

Health care professionals have consistently struggled with the ability to provide truly effective therapy for treatment-resistant conditions such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), migraines, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

When administered appropriately under expert supervision, ketamine is often a very effective treatment for these chronic conditions, which can be especially troubling for military veterans.

At Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado, located in Colorado Springs, our team of highly skilled anesthesiologists specializes in providing medically managed ketamine therapy. As health care professionals, we greatly value ketamine’s low side effect profile, its overall effectiveness at lifting mood and relieving pain, and its quick action in reducing symptoms.

Understanding the basics of ketamine

Ketamine is a well-known drug that’s been used for decades as a surgical anesthetic and fast-acting pain reliever. More recently, it’s become a highly effective therapy for debilitating conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation and various chronic pain issues that are resistant to traditional treatments.

At Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado, we deliver ketamine through intravenous (IV) infusion. Your provider calculates the dose so that your infusion therapy provides the beneficial effects of ketamine while eliminating the general anesthetic qualities necessary for surgery.

Before your ketamine treatment

Before scheduling ketamine infusion therapy, your provider carefully evaluates your physical health and conducts a thorough review of your medical history. This includes a detailed discussion regarding ketamine and your expectations for therapy, as well as any previous or current treatments you may be undergoing for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, etc.  

During your ketamine infusion

At Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado, we provide a private and pleasant setting for your treatment, starting with a comfortable chair in which to recline. Once the IV is placed and your infusion begins, we invite you to put your feet up and relax.

When dosed appropriately, ketamine can immediately lift your mood, but it doesn’t provide the “high” you may experience with opioids, etc. It can have a sedating effect, however, which varies from individual to individual. Generally, you can expect to remain relaxed yet awake throughout the infusion.  

A member of our team closely monitors your response to the medication and checks your vital signs during and for about 30 minutes following the treatment.

After ketamine IV infusion therapy

Because you may feel groggy for a time after the infusion, we ask that you arrange for a ride home from our offices. These symptoms generally resolve completely following a good night’s sleep.

For more information about ketamine therapy, schedule your evaluation at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado today. Call the Colorado Springs, Colorado, office at 719-671-3147, or request a phone meeting online. You can also send our team a message here on our website. We’re here to help.

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