Isn't ketamine an addictive party drug?
Ketamine developed a reputation as a drug of abuse and is also known as Vitamin K, Special K, Kit Kat or an animal tranquilizer. Addiction has not been described when following the low-dose infusion treatment schedule Klarity uses. Ketamine has been used extensively in the hospital setting as an anesthetic agent since being FDA-approved in the mid-1960’s and has a proven track record of safety and good patient tolerance.
Will ketamine get FDA approval for treatment of depression and drug and alcohol addiction?
There is a movement to push the FDA for approval for the treatment of depression. However, without adequate backing, it will be difficult to finance the trials and bureaucratic navigation required to gain FDA approval for treatment of depression and chronic pain. Alternative formulations such as nasal sprays or sublingual tabs have been developed but are far more costly and lack the effectiveness of low-dose ketamine infusion therapy. There are also past and ongoing studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of ketamine for drug and alcohol addiction. To our knowledge, there is no current push for FDA approval for ketamine for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
Will ketamine interact with my current medications?
Chronic use of benzodiazepines (e.g. Ativan and Xanax) and Lamictal (Lamotrigine) may render ketamine therapy less effective, and we may recommend those medications be stopped or dosages significantly reduced at least 5-14 days before treatment. Patients on MAOi’s should not take ketamine. Consult with your prescribing doctor prior to stopping any medication.
Can I drive to my infusion appointment?
Ketamine produces a physical and mental state that makes it unsafe for you to drive for the remainder of the day after your infusion. It is mandatory that a trusted friend or family member accompany you or transport you home from all your appointments.
If a friend or family member is unable to transport you home, we may allow you to take a taxi or ridesharing service home. However, we will require you to stay an additional 30-60 minutes. You may incur additional fees.
Why choose anesthesiologists versus other specialties?
As anesthesiologists, we are intimately familiar with the usage of ketamine in the operating room environment. We are more comfortable using ketamine at the higher doses that help us achieve our exceptional success rates. Anesthesiologists are also trained in the handling and treatment of potential emergent situations in the unlikely event that they occur.
Will there be any long term side effects from ketamine infusion therapy?
The occasional side effects that we see from low dose ketamine treatments usually resolve shortly after treatment. We may use supplemental medications to treat nausea, anxiety, hallucinations, and/or blood pressure changes.
How will I feel during my treatment?
During the infusion, some patients report changes in their vision, speech, and thought processes. They often describe feelings of dissociation from their body. It can feel like a sedated or dreamlike state. If unpleasant hallucinations or other sensations occur, we may decrease the infusion rate and/or administer medications to minimize these experiences.
How will I feel after my treatment?
Patients usually recover from the effects of the infusion within 20-30 minutes. There may be residual cloudiness and mild difficulty walking for a few hours. You may also feel fatigued for the remainder of the day. We recommend the patient have a low impact and relaxing remainder of their day following the infusion.
How soon will I see improvement in my symptoms of depression?
Sometimes the positive effects of treatment can be seen within minutes of completion. Typically after the third infusion for patients being treated for depression, we will know if ketamine is producing the desired results. Patients and their friends or family members may notice significant changes in mood and behavior almost immediately.
How long will my relief from symptoms of depression last?
Following the initial series of six treatments, we expect to see significant improvement that lasts from a few weeks to several months. Typically a “booster” ketamine infusion treatment is required after that time period to maintain relief of symptoms.
What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?
PAWS is a persistent set of symptoms that occur after withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, impaired cognition, irritability, sleep disturbances, psycho-social dysfunction and cravings. PAWS can appear weeks to years after detoxification / withdrawal. It is often a contributing factor to drug and alcohol relapse.
How soon will I see improvement in my urge to use drugs and/or alcohol?
Many patients have their urges to use drugs and alcohol significantly reduced after one treatment. However, it may take up to three infusions to experience results.
How long will my relief from addictive urges to use drugs and/or alcohol last?
Everyone experiences different durations of relief from the craving. However, many have markedly diminished urges to use drugs and/or alcohol for many weeks to months. Some studies observed that several patients experienced no relapses for over one year.
What are your success rates?
More than 82 percent of our patients who complete at least three treatments have a significant to near total relief of systems. Success is defined as a reduction in depression scores and / or perceived reduction of symptoms.
Our success rates for Drug & Alcohol addiction are even higher.
Will my insurance pay for this treatment?
Unfortunately, private and government sponsored insurance plans consider this treatment off-label and as an such, are not currently covering costs associated with the administration of ketamine infusions for major depression and drug and/or alcohol addiction. We currently only accept cash, credit cards or bitcoin.
How much does ketamine treatment cost?
Please call us at 702-323-0080 to discuss price and options.
We do offer discounts to veterans, law enforcement, first-responders and the victims of the October 1st Las Vegas shooting.
Why are your exclusion guidelines so stringent? Why can't you just treat me?
Your safety and treatment success is of utmost importance to Klarity. We want to ensure that you are the right candidate for ketamine therapy with ongoing mental health support. This ensures that we can optimize our chances of success in treating your conditions. To accept every patient requesting treatment if we deem them to have a low probability of success would be unethical.
What if my doctor has never heard of this treatment before or is skeptical in my desire to receive ketamine Infusions?
Feel free to share the links and information provided on our website to others for education on this groundbreaking treatment option. We would be happy to speak to them also. Prior to treatment, we will discuss with them our participation in your care and ensure that your diagnosis will receive the appropriate course of treatment.
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What is your credit card on file policy?
We require you to have a credit card on file. You will only be charged if you cancel with less than 24-hour notice or if you do not show for your appointment. This will incur a $100 fee to be charged to your credit card.
What is your Concierge Service?
For our out of town and international patients, we will be offering our concierge service in the future. This service includes pickup and transport to and from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as your clinic visits by Klarity’s private, luxury transportation service to our local residence for patients and one family member or trusted friend who will be taking care of you. The condominium/home will be fully stocked for your stay. Meals may also be delivered. We will also do our best to provide translation services and have access to translators for most Asian, European and South American patients. We know how difficult it can be for our travelling patients, so let us make this journey as pleasant and stress-free as possible!
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