Knowing what you can expect before going into your first ketamine therapy session can help you feel more comfortable and confident with the therapy process.
Before ketamine therapy, you will speak with your ketamine therapy provider about what to expect from treatments. This includes how many sessions you will get and when you can expect to experience symptom relief. During this initial assessment, you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the therapy process.
During ketamine therapy sessions, you can expect your provider or a qualified nurse to administer a small needle into a vein, typically located in your arm. This needle will be connected to an IV bag that holds the medication. Then, you will sit back and relax while the medication enters your bloodstream which typically takes about 30-45 minutes.
Once the medication is administered, patients may experience feeling the effects of the medication for another 45 minutes. During this time, you will be advised to stay and wait for the effects to wear off before you drive home. Otherwise, you can have a family member or loved one drive you home. While most people don’t experience side effects to ketamine infusion therapy, some people may experience fatigue, especially after their first session.