Over the past few years, ketamine infusion centers have been opening up across the country, bringing new hope to millions of Americans suffering from major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mood disorders. When administered properly, under the right conditions, ketamine infusions have a 70% success rate in improving the symptoms of depression. As ketamine is not yet FDA approved for the treatment of depression, however, most ketamine clinics are privately owned and operated, making it difficult to discern between reliable and irresponsible ketamine infusion centers.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A KETAMINE CLINIC
If you’ve decided to give ketamine infusions a try but aren’t sure which ketamine clinic is right for you, here are some factors for you to consider:
Which ketamine clinic does your mental health care provider recommend?
Not all mental health care providers have relationships with ketamine infusion centers, but if yours does, it’s most likely for a good reason. Ask your therapist for a recommendation before going online to research local ketamine clinics.
Who will be administering your ketamine infusion? Who will be monitoring it?
Your ketamine infusion should be administered by a licensed physician, preferably with a background in anesthesiology or mental healthcare. The infusion should be monitored by a Registered Nurse (RN), or a qualified Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) with credentials in basic life support and competence in the administration of medications.
How far are you willing to travel? How will you get to and from the ketamine clinic?
Factors such as cost per infusion and the availability of transportation to and from your infusion can influence the decision about where to go for ketamine infusions. At Tahoe Ketamine, we offer some of the lowest priced ketamine infusions in California, and, thus, have many patients willing to travel a great distance to our clinic.
What are people saying about your chosen ketamine clinic on social media?
While online reviews should be taken with a grain of salt—even the country’s best clinics aren’t immune to negative reviews—if a high majority of a ketamine infusion center’s reviews are negative, you may want to consider a different clinic. Ketamine infusions can be life changing, and if a doctor is going above and beyond to service his patients, reviews will show it.
KETAMINE CLINIC WARNING SIGNS
If the ketamine infusion center you are considering practices any of the following, we urge you to consider an alternative treatment clinics:
- Infusion costs significantly higher than the national average of $500 per infusion
- The use of experimental ketamine infusion protocols that are not substantiated by clinical data
- Expensive and unnecessary testing procedures not required by the National Institute of Mental Health or other ketamine clinics
- Requiring other treatments—medicinal or therapeutic—concurrently with ketamine infusions
- Preposterous or unusual claims about the success of ketamine as a depression treatment, or a lack of understanding as to how ketamine works in the treatment of depression
Follow your instincts: if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you have questions about how to find or choose a reputable ketamine infusion center, we encourage you to contact Tahoe Ketamine. We can help guide you to a depression treatment clinic that meets your needs.
Contact Tahoe Ketamine
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I loved when you suggested to consider the costs of a ketamine clinic when you are looking for one. My doctor recently recommended that I get a ketamine infusion to help me better manage my depression, and it will be important for us to know that we could find an affordable place to do it. When we look for one, I will be sure to consider their costs.