Ketamine infusions for depression are a breakthrough therapuetic approach that is uniquely effective in treating depression. Antidepressant ketamine infusions often work better and faster than traditional treatment methods, including conventional prescription antidepressants.
Antidepressant medications can take weeks or even months to reach therapeutic levels and regulate within the body. Even then, most patients try many medications in endless combinations and doses and still find little to no relief from their symptoms.
Ketamine infusions for depression work quickly, sometimes in just a few hours, to deliver significant relief from symptoms. Most patients enjoy substantial relief within 1-2 days of their 3rd infusion (within one week of starting treatment).
Ketamine infusions for depression can also deliver relief without the negative side effects of other antidepressants, such as loss of libido, weight gain, insomnia or sleepiness, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, blurred vision, and suicidal ideation.
More and more commonly, patients are utilizing antidepressant ketamine earlier in their treatment journey to save time, money, and suffering that stem from less effective options. What was once labeled as a “last resort” by conservative doctors due to its novelty is now a first-line treatment in the fight against depression, the nation’s leading cause of disability.
At Ketamine Clinics LA, we speak with many individuals who are looking for ketamine infusion doses for depression, whether to avoid the side effects of conventional treatments and achieve rapid relief, or simply due to lack of response to other treatment modalities. Some patients have tried almost everything; psychotherapy, countless medications, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Even for the patients who have “tried everything” and been labeled treatment-resistant, IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy often provides substantial relief quickly. Although most of our patients are considered treatment-resistant, we also treat those who wish to start ketamine therapy much earlier in their healing journey or who have seen some benefit from other treatments but are moving away from those options due to the reasons listed above.
We administer ketamine treatments for depression through intravenous infusion (IV), which is the most effective route of administration (ROA) and the only one that has been scientifically proven to work. A full course of therapy consists of a series of 6 infusions provided over 2-3 weeks with each treatment session lasting 50-55 minutes.
When you undergo IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy, you’re closely monitored by our highly experienced medical team, led by Dr. Steven L. Mandel. Dr. Mandel is a board-certified anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in psychology and over 35 years of experience administering ketamine. He is a world-renowned pioneer in the administration of ketamine for mood disorders and you can learn more about Dr. Mandel’s credentials here and see media coverage on him here.
At Ketamine Clinics LA, we use hospital-grade equipment to monitor your pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and electrocardiogram. Even though ketamine is incredibly safe, especially in low doses, we take extra precautions to ensure your safety. At our ketamine infusion treatment center, you’ll be made comfortable in our spa-like environment where patient experience is our top priority.
Yes. Ketamine is recognized as one of the safest, most widely used anesthetics in the world. It’s approved for several medical uses in human and veterinary medicine and is the medication of choice for sedating young children due to its safety profile.
World-renowned institutions have confirmed the efficacy of antidepressant ketamine infusions for the treatment of mood disorders and various pain conditions. Yale University, Stanford University, Harvard University, UCLA, USC, NYU, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Black Dog Institute of Australia, Cleveland Clinic, and Mt. Sinai Hospital are a few of the leaders.
At Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, we offer the best possible chance of relief in our state-of-the-art facility in the Culver City area of Los Angeles, California. Our highly experienced and compassionate team consists of accomplished individuals who have education, training, and experience serving those with mental health conditions, as well as a personal affinity and connection to the work we do. Dr. Steven Mandel is a pioneer in this field who has personally administered more ketamine infusions than almost any other provider in the United States and even globally.
Ketamine infusions for mental health conditions are considered “off-label” and are currently not covered by insurance. Approximately 25% of all prescriptions in the US are written off-label and approximately 33% of psychiatric prescriptions are written off-label. Many of these prescriptions are indeed covered.
The insurance networks are inconsistent in their application of this policy and it is not a good basis for them to deny coverage for ketamine infusions. Unfortunately, this is their current position. Hopefully, they will come to realize that ketamine infusions are more effective and less costly for them than other treatments they are currently covering. We will continue to fight for insurance coverage for all patients, as we have since 2014.
At Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles, we’re proud to have earned recognition as the gold standard among U.S providers of ketamine therapy for depression. As a AAAASF-certified facility, we ensure the most rigorous operating procedures for your health and wellness. With more experience and specialty than other ketamine facilities, we individualize treatment plans to your needs and work closely with you and your other providers from the moment you contact us to long after your initial series. The environment we maintain and the protocols we’ve pioneered ensure your best chance of rapid relief and sustained recovery from the affliction of depression while also ensuring the most comfortable experience possible.
As the leading providers of ketamine for depression treatment in Los Angeles, we know your best chance of relief is here and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you. Depression can seriously affect your professional life, your personal life, and the people you love most. Fill out our online contact form or call us at 310-270-0625 today to see if ketamine therapy is right for you. All inquiries are confidential and we offer free consultations.
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