PTSD Specialist

Ketamine Clinic of Spokane

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Spokane, WA

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can wreak havoc on your well-being long after the terrifying event has passed. The expert team at the Ketamine Clinic of Spokane helps patients find relief from PTSD with ketamine infusion therapy at their treatment center in Spokane, Washington. If you continue to suffer from PTSD after other treatments were ineffective, ketamine infusion therapy may be right for you. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.

PTSD Q & A

What is PTSD?

Some people who experience scary or dangerous events develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition that can cause fear and anxiety that persists for months or years afterward. Specific symptoms of PTSD vary from person to person, but always include:

  • Intrusive memories, such as flashbacks or bad dreams
  • Avoidance symptoms, including trying not to talk about the event
  • Negative changes in mood and thinking, such as emotional distance from loved ones
  • Arousal and reactivity symptoms, such as having angry outbursts and feeling edgy

When you have PTSD, these symptoms last more than a month and negatively affect your ability to function. 

 

How does ketamine infusion therapy help PTSD?

Ketamine works on specific systems in your brain, including N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. More research is necessary to fully understand how it functions, but brain imaging studies show that ketamine rebuilds broken neural pathways.

In addition to acting as an anesthetic medication, ketamine provides rapid relief from treatment-resistant psychiatric and neurological conditions, including PTSD, chronic migraines, and depression. 

During infusion therapy, your Ketamine Clinic of Spokane provider administers the ketamine intravenously while you relax. The dose of ketamine is much lower than what’s necessary for anesthesia, and your skilled provider monitors your safety at all times. 

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy for PTSD?

We will perform a brief interview and physical assessment to make sure nothing has changed with your physical condition.
We will ask you to use the restroom and then get comfortable in our quiet, peaceful treatment area.
An IV line will be started to infuse the medication. You will be connected to all of our monitoring equipment before we begin.
We will be monitoring your vital signs during the entire infusion.
The infusion time will be approximately 40 minutes. During this time we will not disturb you. However, we will be observing you to ensure your safety. You may listen to music and relax as it feels best to you.
When the infusion ends, we will monitor you for any adverse side effects and ensure that you are adequately recovered prior to going home.

Day of Treatment

Please wear clothes that are comfortable and also provide full access to your arms.
Feel free to bring some music to listen to during your infusion.
Most patients feel it helps or enhances the treatment if they don’t speak and close their eyes during the infusion.
You will need to have someone accompany you and stay during your treatment. They will also be required to drive you home afterward.
You may not eat anything 6 hours prior or drink anything for 2 hours prior to your infusion or we may need to reschedule your treatment.

Optimizing Your Treatment

Coordinating with your MHP is one of the best ways to optimize your treatment.
Benzodiazepines can ‘compete’ with Ketamine. To get the best benefit, it is best to discontinue this class of drugs before treatment.
Be prepared to be in a quiet and comfortable space for at least 1 ½ hours.

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