FAQ on K.I.T.
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Q. What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
A. Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a treatment using a ketamine-based solution, administered intravenously for efficacy and control, for a variety of mental and physical health issues. It has been clinically proven to be safer and more effective than commonly prescribed treatments and chronic pain medications. K.I.T. is clinically administered—not taken home like a prescription. Because every dosage is medically supervised, K.I.T. is safely helping more and more people in our community.
Q. How does it work?
A. Simply put, ketamine interacts with chemicals and receptors in the brain to cause often immediate antidepressant effects, even in patients with severe Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). These interactions are specific to K.I.T. where ketamine is introduced slowly, intravenously, and at a subanesthetic dose. Its chemical makeup stimulates the formation of new receptors and synapses, effectively overcoming the deficiencies associated with Major Depressive Disorder and other mood disorders. Ketamine also chemically disrupts brain signals related to pain, stimulating the brain and central nervous system to “reset” their pain signals and relieve chronic pain.
Q. Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy safe and effective?
A. Clinical studies at Yale University, Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic, USC, UCLA, NYU, The National Institute of Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Black Dog Institute show success rates of 70% and higher. K.I.T. anesthetizes quickly and safely, with few if any side effects. It does not depress breathing or circulation. The FDA approved ketamine as a pain medication back in 1970, making it a safe alternative to opioids. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it an “essential drug,” meaning it has been deemed to satisfy the health care needs of the majority of the population and that it should always be available in adequate amounts in appropriate dosages at a price the community can afford.
Q. Do the benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy last?
A. Yes, when performed under our recommended protocol of an initial course of six treatments over three weeks. For many patients, that initial course remedies their condition; for others, occasional follow-up treatments are required.
Q. Do I need my primary care physician to recommend or prescribe Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
A. We encourage you to be open with your primary physician about all your health issues and we are happy to discuss the benefits of K.I.T. with your doctor if he or she is unfamiliar with the treatment. There is no need for a referral or a prescription. You can simply contact us for a free evaluation and discussion to see if K.I.T. is right for you.
Q. Does my health plan cover the cost of K.I.T.?
A. While some health plans may cover Ketamine Infusion Therapy, it may not be covered for all medical conditions. For example, your plan may cover K.I.T. for chronic pain, but not for depression, opioid addiction or bipolar disorder. The coverage may only be partial. For all those reasons, we tell patients to be prepared to be responsible for the full cost of treatment. We can review your plan to verify any coverage and work with you on payment plans.