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Ketamine Therapy: What to Expect


Contact Dr. Scott for an initial consultation


Start by calling 949 759-6677 to schedule a preinfusion visit with Dr. Scott to review your medical history and  prepare you for the infusion.   Bring in your physician referral  at that time. If you do not have a referral, let us know and we can put you in touch with a local specialist. 


Ketamine Treatment

We will initially set up two  infusions 1 to 2 days apart. If these initial infusions are helpful, you will be scheduled for four more infusions over the next ten days. You may be asked to change benzodiazepine (Ativan, Valium, Xanax) useage as they can reduce ketamine therapy effectiveness. Do not eat 4 hours be before or drink 2 hours prior to the infusion.


On the day of the ketamine infusion, you will relax in a private room, with a televsion or headphones. A small IV will be placed after we numb the skin beforehand. The ketamine is slowly dripped through the IV over 40 minutes (two to four hours for chronic pain conditions). A nurse will monitor you and your vital signs. After several minutes, you may feel a dreamy, disconnected- even euphoric sensation. When the infusion is finished, these feelings slowly dissipate over the next 20 minutes.  Thus the entire visit lasts around 90 minutes (3 to 5 hours for pain conditions).


Recovery and Renewal

After your Ketamine Therapy, you will then be discharged to a responsible party. You cannot Uber or Taxi by yourself home.  Continue care with your current mental health specialist or primary care physician in order to ensure peak mental and physical health! 

KetaCure Treament

Ketamine Therapy is not covered by traditional insurance plans, for patients in Orange County, CA. But, we at Ketamine Clinic can provide you with guidance and work with you to find equitable solutions in order to cover the cost, or to submit a claim to your insurer for reimbursement if your provider does in fact cover a portion of the infusion costs.

Initial Screening Fee: $360

First KetaCure Infusion: $750

Subsequent KetaCure Infusions: $450

Chronic Pain KetaCure Infusions: $950*

*payment must be made in full in advance of therapy by cash, check, or credit card

It is important to understand that Ketamine therapy for depression or pain is not FDA approved, and there is no guarantee as to any outcome.

You must have a referral from a health care professional - a medical doctor or psychologist - for treatment of depression or pain refractory to other therapies. 

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How can I get Ketamine infusion in Newport Beach?

You must have a referral from a health care professional-Doctor or psychologist for treatment of depression or pain refractory to therapy. If you do not have a referral, we can help you find a specialist who can help.

How long do the Ketamine infusions take?

Total time in the clinic is about 90 minutes for depression and 4 hours or more for pain.

How soon does the Ketamine infusion work?

Some feel better during the infusions, others take a day or more. Data suggests that 70% have a positive response to Ketamine.  Ketamine has the advantage of working more quickly than antidepressant therapy, while avoiding common side effects such as weight gain, fatigue and GI symptoms.  Like any therapy, Ketamine does not work on some people at all.


How long do the benefits last?

A series of 6 infusions is typical, and for some people this provides long term relief.  Others find the infusions enhance their existing therapies. Many will continue with "booster" infusions as needed.

Are there risks and side effects?

Low dose Ketamine is tolerated  well, but it can pose risks in people with heart or vascular disease or liver problems. Most side effects last only a few hours, such as fatigue, dizziness, mild nausea, a transient headache and an increase in blood pressure. Less common are vivid dreams, dysphoria and mood swings. You will be monitored during the therapy and antidotes for these symptoms or dose adjustment can help.  Ketamine is not known to be addictive.  Ketamine should be avoided in people with acute mania or acute psychotic delusions/hallucinations.