Depression and anxiety are battles that millions of people worldwide are constantly fighting. There are many treatments available to combat these mental health issues, but one treatment is getting a lot of attention lately – ketamine therapy (our specialty!). If you’re considering starting home ketamine treatment, speaking to your provider and asking them some crucial questions beforehand is essential. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top questions you should ask your ketamine provider to ensure a safe, successful treatment experience.
“How does ketamine work to treat depression and anxiety?”
Before you start home ketamine treatment, it’s essential to understand the science behind how it works. Ask your ketamine provider to explain how ketamine affects the brain and how it can help treat depression and anxiety. Ketamine works by increasing the production of the neurotransmitter glutamate, which can help generate new neural connections in the brain. This creates a potential therapeutic effect for those with depression and anxiety.
“What are the potential side effects of ketamine treatment?”
While ketamine treatment is generally safe, it has potential side effects like any medication. Ask your ketamine provider to give you a run-down of what you can expect during and after the treatment. Common side effects of ketamine include dizziness, nausea, and detachment from reality. It’s essential to be aware of these symptoms to self-monitor and report any adverse effects to your provider.
“What training and experience do you have with providing ketamine treatment?”
It’s important to know that your ketamine provider is qualified and experienced in administering ketamine treatment. Ask them questions about their training and experience with ketamine, and inquire about the frequency of the treatments they’ve already done. You want to be sure you’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing and can guarantee a safe treatment experience.
“Can I continue taking antidepressant medication while receiving ketamine treatment?”
It’s possible to receive ketamine treatment while still taking antidepressant medication, but you must be transparent with your ketamine provider about all medicines you’re currently taking. Certain medications have potential adverse interactions, so your provider must be aware of your complete medical history.
“What can I expect during the treatment session?”
In-person ketamine treatment is typically administered through an IV infusion or intramuscular injection, which usually takes up to an hour. Home ketamine treatments are administered sublingually (under the tongue or between your gums and cheek). During the treatment, you may experience visual and auditory hallucinations or a sense of disorientation. It’s essential to be prepared for what can happen so that you can plan accordingly. Ask your provider to explain what you can expect during the session so that you feel comfortable throughout the treatment.
Ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety is an exciting and promising avenue for those seeking relief from their mental health struggles. However, it’s essential to ask your ketamine provider the right questions to ensure a safe and successful treatment experience. By asking about the potential side effects, your provider’s qualifications and experience, and what to expect during the treatment, you can set yourself up for the best possible outcome. Remember, open communication with your provider is critical to the success of the treatment.