Treatments For Mental Health

Ketamine IV Infusion Therapy in Florida

Helping those who have not had much success with other treatments

Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Ocala, FL

APMC offers ketamine infusion therapy, a medication that was discovered in the 1960s. It was widely used as a safe but quick-acting surgical anesthetic during the Vietnam War. Ketamine was introduced into the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines in 2015 as an injectable anesthetic medicine.

Additionally, a published study in The American Journal of Psychiatry showed that weekly ketamine infusions were beneficial to people diagnosed with severe depression. Experts learned that ketamine was quite effective in reducing the symptoms of depression for patients who were already resistant to other treatments. This study showed improvements in depression symptoms by at least 50% after receiving six ketamine infusions in one week.



Not all patients diagnosed with depression must immediately be put on ketamine infusion therapy. This treatment is most suitable for people who are no longer responding well to other forms of treatments, such as talk therapy or antidepressants, to improve their mental health. Most drugs for depression usually take effect after weeks or even months of intake. But this length of time is crucial, especially for patients with suicidal tendencies.

effectiveness of ketamine infusion therapy

While ketamine infusion therapy is a relatively new therapy for the treatment of depression or PTSD, studies have shown positive results. This study demonstrated that 30% of patients who are resistant to standard antidepressant medications showed mood improvements following ketamine infusion therapy. This effect has shown long-term benefits lasting for months after just a three week therapy.

Not all patients diagnosed with depression have seen ketamine work for them. Oftentimes, this treatment is most suitable for people who are no longer responding well to other forms of treatment, such as talk therapy or antidepressants, to improve their mental health. Some of the benefits to ketamine over certain prescription drugs are that most drugs take too long to go into effect. This length of time is crucial, especially for patients with suicidal tendencies. Ketamine infusion therapy also helps with those who suffer from PTSD. Studies from the US National Library of Medicine have shown that ketamine is very effective in resolving symptoms of PTSD. Specifically there is a near complete resolution of symptoms over the short term.

Ketamine infusion treatment for depression and PTSD in Gainesville

Q: Why should I undergo ketamine infusion therapy at Advanced Pain Medical Center?

A: Whether you are suffering from depression or PTSD, our physicians are trained and skilled to make sure our patients feel comfortable throughout the therapy. Dr. Stewart is an experienced anesthesiologist who has used ketamine in the operating room with great success. During the infusion, the ketamine rate is adjusted in order to provide a pleasant patient experience. We also offer additional medications to further ensure a safe, relaxing, and beneficial treatment.

We are happy to coordinate your care with your psychiatrist. We believe that ketamine, as it is an anesthetic, is best in the hands of an anesthesiologist like Dr. Stewart. We also recognize that severe, refractory depression and PTSD are best treated by psychiatrists. With each physician doing what he or she does best, we can provide optimal outcomes for the patient.

Q: What should I expect during my ketamine infusion therapy visit?

A: Our patients should expect a comfortable treatment every time they visit Advanced Pain Medical Center. The process is extremely easy and does not take very long. After a quick visit to the restroom, the patient rests comfortably on an inclined bed. A small IV is skillfully placed. Fluid is slowly infused, and the ketamine (plus any other additives requested) is begun. Oftentimes, the patient drifts off to sleep. Continuous monitoring by both equipment and a clinical staff member is provided. A family member or friend is allowed to sit with the patient.

Q:What are the side effects of ketamine infusion therapy?

A: Some bruising may occur from the needle injection, and patients may feel intoxicated or ‘spaced out’ after the therapy. Some may develop hallucinations or feel sick during the treatment. Usually, these side effects wear off after an hour. However, if the discomfort persists, the patient should inform the treatment facility immediately. We monitor the patients after the conclusion of the therapy to determine whether any side effects are occurring.

Q: What is the cost?

A: Insurance does not commonly cover the cost of ketamine infusion. Please contact our office to discuss the different infusion regimens we offer and the prices for each.

Learn more about Ketamine Infusion Treatment for Depression & PTSD at Advanced Pain Medical Center

If you are suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or if you know someone who can benefit from Ketamine infusion therapy, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic or to book an appointment online.

Our medical staff are more than happy to assist you and nurse you back to good health. For more information about ketamine infusion therapy in Gainesville and inquiries, call us at 352-888-PAIN.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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