Ketamine Infusions

Now offering Ketamine treatment for patients in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Canyon Lake, San Marcos, and surrounding areas.

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"Recent data suggest that Ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades."

Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

What is Ketamine

Ketamine is a very safe anesthetic that has been used for the last fifty years, all over the world, in much higher doses to put patients to sleep before surgeries. In recent years, evidence emerged suggesting that low dose therapy is very effective for mood disorders, chronic pain treatment, and suicidal ideation. Such doses are often 4-6 times smaller than what is administered for anesthesia. 

During the Treatment

The infusion is done in a monitored bed in a hospital setting, where Vital signs and the patient condition are closely monitored by our experienced nurses and physicians. 

During the infusion, you will be encouraged to be comfortable. Many people listen to calming music, and you’re free to bring family members into the room for company. However, talking and excessive stimulation is often discouraged, especially during the first treatment. 

Ketamine infusions are successful in treating the following:

  • Depression
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain Syndromes

IV Ketamine vs. Other routes of administration

We use IV Ketamine because intramuscular and intranasal routes have unreliable and variable absorption from patient to patient. IV administration is also preferred over other routes because of the most robust trials to date use IV Ketamine.

How many infusions do I need?

There are many protocols for Ketamine use. For acute crisis stabilization, protocol involves 3 infusions every 8 hours. Results have shown a 76% reduction in suicidality after just 3 infusions. This allows many patients to avoid inpatient hospitalization and to return back to the life they want quicker than other treatment methods.