There are many reasons which make ketamine suitable and ideal for use with certain mental health conditions. Due to its use in other areas of medicine it has a well understood and excellent safety profile that make it appropriate for a wide range of people. Ketamine’s side effects are generally short-acting and self-limiting and are easily managed with medications to treat things like nausea as needed.
The effectiveness in research is promising! Ketamine has been researched most often for depression, using a series of low dose IV infusions which shows an improvement in approximately 70% of people. For conditions other than depression there is less data available but is being researched actively and is still showing promising results. Always, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits of treatment and this will be discussed with you with our treatment team.
Ketamine is ideal for use with therapy because it is a short acting medication with the peak effects being under an hour, unlike some other psychedelics which have effects for up to 12 hours or more. The total time needed for your KAT session is approximately 3 hours.