Ketamine was traditionally used intravenously as a sedative, both before and during surgical procedures. An anesthetic, it’s been shown to relieve chronic pain in some patients, especially those with pain caused by neuropathic elements.
Dr. Souidi administers ketamine infusions through an IV. He sometimes recommends that this treatment in conjunction with other pain medications.
Ketamine is also a promising treatment for symptoms related to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
When you see Dr. Souidi for ketamine infusions, he performs a thorough physical examination and discusses any other treatments you’ve tried and how they impacted you. He then determines if ketamine is right for you and what your dosage should be.
When you come in for your infusion, you either recline in a chair or hospital bed, and Dr. Souidi prepares the IV site. You may be hooked up to a device that measures your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels. Once the medication is ready, Dr. Souidi places a thin tube in your vein and the ketamine infusion begins.
A typical treatment lasts 40-50 minutes. You may read, play on your phone, or nap during your treatment. A friend or family member can stay in the room with you.
Once the infusion is complete, Dr. Souidi removes the tube from your arm and disconnects you from the monitoring machine. You may feel slightly confused or unbalanced for a short time. Dr. Souidi typically recommends that you have someone else drive you home.
When you have a ketamine infusion, you may experience a range of side effects, including nausea and vomiting, extreme sleepiness, and stimulation of the cardiovascular system. Beyond physical impacts, you may also have psychological side effects, including:
Ketamine is an anesthesia and has a high potential for abuse. If used for extended periods of time, it may also cause liver damage. Because of this, not everyone is a candidate for ketamine infusions and only medical professionals, like Dr. Souidi, who have been trained to use ketamine can administer these infusions.
If you’ve tried the traditional approaches to pain management without success, ketamine infusions may be able to help. Contact Dr. Souidi’s office or book your initial consultation online today to see if you’re a candidate.