Ketamine Treatment in Tampa, FL
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a controlled substance, used for decades in Anesthesia and recently in Psychiatry, to provide rapid improvement for symptoms of depression, OCD, PTSD, and anxiety, without the delayed onset or side-effects of traditional antidepressants.
What is the cost?
About five dollars a dose for each oral lozenge from a compounding pharmacy with our prescription, if Ketamine is recommended during a new patient appointment in our office. Ketamine by mouth usually takes effect after 3 or 4 doses, and daily bedtime dose frequency varies between a few days to a few weeks, but long term use is not necessary. Other routes of Ketamine are much more expensive. IV-drip Ketamine requires several hours of special monitoring in a med-surgical suite, and is very expensive, $3,000- $6,000 or more for the usual series of six infusions. IntraMuscular shots can also be effective, at a cost range of $200-$300 each; again, a series of six or more is often needed, and the cost range is $900-$1200 for the six shots, plus the cost of monitored office visits. Take-home oral Ketamine by prescription lozenge can be a preferred choice for patient convenience, with dose and frequency based on individual response. The average pharmacy charges for the medication are $3 to $5 per dose. Ketamine use in Psychiatry is off-label and not covered by insurance.
How does ketamine work?
Imagine that brain circuits are like busy highway intersections, with looping exits and entrances carrying information traffic at rush hour. With stress, the traffic increases and the wear-and-tear repair crews that fill potholes can’t keep up. Traffic piles up and slows down, in the brain this can produce mood slow down, and worsen OCD and PTSD symptoms. Ketamine waves traffic around the bottle necks, jump starts the natural repair processes and within days, sometimes within hours, the brain impulse traffic breaks through and starts flowing again.
How do I get started?
Cleveland Clinic Newsletter, Oct. 2016.
Ketamine gains traction as treatment for depression. NPR, Sept 2014.
Role of Ketamine in treatment resistant depression. NeuroPharm, Sept 2014.
Acute antidepressant effects of Intramuscular vs IV Ketamine, Chilukuri, 2014.