Are there risks with ketamine treatment?

A low dosage of ketamine is used to treat depression, making the treatments very safe. During the treatment, we monitor blood pressure, heart rate and other vitals to ensure patient safety.

Will I be awake during treatment?

Yes, you’ll be awake during treatment.

How long does treatment take?

Each infusion takes about 40 - 60 minutes; the entire appointment lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Most patients need six infusions over two - three weeks for optimal results. After that, occasional infusions can be administered as needed.

Why doesn’t my clinician offer ketamine?

Administering ketamine requires special equipment and training, so most psychiatric practices aren’t set up to offer this kind of treatment.

Will I continue care with my current mental health care provider?

Yes. We require that ketamine patients continue care with their current psychiatrist, therapist or other mental health care professional, as these providers offer care that Iowa Ketamine Clinic does not provide.

Is ketamine addictive?

Ketamine itself, like some other medications prescribed for depression and anxiety, can be addictive. However, studies have shown that ketamine treatment — administered in low doses and in a controlled setting (such as Iowa Ketamine Clinic) — presents virtually no risk of abuse or addiction.

Can I take ketamine by mouth or nasal spray instead of by infusion?

Research is ongoing in this exciting area of medicine. More easily administered means of ketamine delivery are the subject of ongoing research. At the present time, there are small studies  indicating that the IV administration of ketamine may be the most effective way to administer the medication.