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Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine Therapy

Who Administers My Ketamine Infusion?

At Lighthouse Infusions, you will always be treated by a licensed anesthesia provider from start to finish! We know that every person has their own unique physiology and reacts to medication differently, which is why we never take a cookie-cutter approach to patient care. Your provider will be able to modify your treatment depending on how your body reacts so that we may treat you most effectively and give you the best experience possible.

Where Will I Receive My Ketamine Infusion?

Our goal is to deliver life-changing treatments with the utmost safety, but that doesn’t mean we need to do it in an uncomfortable setting. At Lighthouse Infusions, you will always have a private, spa-like treatment room! Each infusion room features a comfortable recliner, and has diffuse, customizable lighting to suite your mood. Several of our infusion rooms even feature a stunning view overlooking Lake Washington!

How Long Will My Ketamine Therapy Infusion Take?

The length of your infusion will depend on the condition you are being treated for and how your body reacts to the medications, as well as your needs and preferences. We begin every appointment by talking with you about how you are feeling, how you felt after your previous infusion, and any changes we can make to improve your experience. After your infusion, you will stay in the treatment room to rest until the medications wear off and you are ready to go home.

  • With 40-minute infusion (mental health conditions and fibromyalgia), you can expect to be at the clinic for about 1½–2 hours.
  • With 2-hour infusion (most pain conditions), you can expect to be at the clinic for about 3–4 hours.
  • With 4-hour infusion (CRPS), you can expect to be at the clinic for about 5–6 hours.

Is Ketamine A Psychedelic?

Yes. Ketamine is classified as a disassociative, a sedative, and a psychedelic. While research is still ongoing into the mechanisms of action that make ketamine such an effective treatment, many believe that the psychedelic experience is integral to the neurological and mental health benefits.

How Will I Feel During A Ketamine Infusion?

During the infusion, you will feel what some patients describe as “floaty”. Although some patients enjoy the sensation, for others it can create a sense of anxiety. As a skilled anesthesia provider, Liana has an array of medications available that she can use to help prevent or alleviate any unpleasant side effects you may experience during your infusion. Because most pain conditions require higher doses and longer infusions, we usually offer propofol sedation for a more comfortable experience.

Will Ketamine Help With My Condition?

Ketamine has extremely high efficacy of around 70%–80% for most of the conditions we treat. For many people with life-altering conditions, ketamine allows them to resume normal activities and reclaim their lives.

How Long Does Ketamine Therapy Last?

After your initial loading dose of 6 infusions, most people will need to come back every 1–2 months for booster infusions, though we do have some patients who can go as long as 3 months between boosters. You will be able to monitor your progress with the Osmind app, to get an objective idea of how soon you might need to come in for a booster.

Can I Try One Infusion and See If It works?

To get started with ketamine therapy, you really need a series of 6 infusions spread out over 2-4 weeks. The loading dose is important because it can take several infusions before you start to feel relief, and while most patients start to feel relief after the first 2–3 infusions, some patients are more resistant and don’t feel relief until the 4th, 5th, or even 6th infusion. Also, even if you experience relief after the 1st infusion, it’s unlikely to last more than a few days, so you really need the full loading dose to be able to go a month or more between boosters.

Do You Offer Propofol Sedation For Pain Infusions?

Yes! In fact, we are one of the only ketamine clinics in the region to do so. According to the FDA, “Only those persons trained in the administration of general anesthesia should administer propofol.” Here at Lighthouse Infusions & Seattle Ketamine you will have an experienced anesthesia provider by your side for the duration of the infusion, not just signing your chart.

Why Do You Recommend 3 Infusions for Pain While Some Clinics Recommend 10?

In either case you would likely be receiving the same total dose of ketamine, but we are able to administer it in only 3 appointments instead of 10 because we offer propofol sedation. Here at Lighthouse Infusions and Seattle Ketamine, our infusions are always administered by a licensed anesthesia provider. The doses that we administer over 3 days could be quite uncomfortable without propofol, which is why other clinics recommend 10 infusions. Because of this, we are able to provide you with the same relief from symptoms, while making you more comfortable, and saving you both time and money.

What Dose Of Ketamine Will I receive?

Here at Lighthouse Infusions & Seattle Ketamine, we treat you as a person not a protocol. All our infusions are custom tailored to each individual patient. How much you receive will depend on a number of factors, including the condition for which you are seeking treatment, your weight, your individual physiology, as well as your needs and preferences. Because everyone’s brain-chemistry is different, we will typically start you out with a moderate dose for your first infusion (around 0.5–0.7mg/kg) both for safety, and to allow you to get used to how it feels. We will then increase your dose in subsequent appointments until we find an optimal therapeutic dose that works best for you.

What Are The Risks?

While no medical treatment is without risks, the safety of ketamine has been well established since the FDA first approved it as an anesthetic over years ago. As an anesthesia provider with more than years of experience, Liana has a wealth of knowledge, and the skill necessary to administer your infusion in the safest manner possible. She will be the one starting your IV, and the person in the room with you, closely monitoring your condition throughout the treatment.

What Are The Alternatives to Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine is highly effective for most people, but no treatment is 100% effective for every patient. While we specialize in safely administering an often life-changing medication, we are not set up to diagnose conditions or offer other treatments. We always recommend that patients continue to see their pain specialist, primary care, or mental health provider, and to explore all the treatment options available.