HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY APPOINTMENT TO BE BOOKED?
Once we get your referral, your first consultation will be booked within 2 working days. If you are accepted for treatment, your first ketamine infusion will be administered within 2 working days.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT?
You need to get a referral from your GP or psychiatrist for you to be considered. If you are a self referral, we still need information from your GP or Psychiatrist. It is important and helpful to take the service information leaflet to your doctor.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KETAMINE DOSAGE AND MY MEDICATIONS?
Our Psychiatrist is responsible for calculating your Ketamine dosage, but all other medications including the antidepressants are managed by your GP and your own Psychiatrist.
WILL YOU BE THE ONE WHO WILL PROVIDE CARE AFTER MY TREATMENT?
No. The service is set to provide and manage ketamine treatment. Your current team will carry out psychiatric care. We are not qualified to take over the patients’ total care and will coordinate with your referring team about your ketamine treatment.
HOW LONG DOES KETAMINE TAKE TO WORK?
Ketamine works within a few hours for some people. Others it may take a few ketamine treatment sessions before their mental state improves. It is impossible to tell how quickly a patient responds to ketamine. If there is no improvement after 3 ketamine treatments, the patient should seek alternative treatment. Have a look at Other Treatments.
HOW IS THE DOSAGE OF KETAMINE DETERMINED?
The dose of ketamine is decided and prescribed by the ketamine clinic consultant. Doses are calculated based on your weight at 0.5 – 0.75mg/Kg and will be reviewed before each treatment.
CAN I BECOME ADDICTED TO KETAMINE?
If you are misusing or abusing ketamine, you tend to be addicted to it. The reason why some people are abusing ketamine because it has a quick-acting result and it lasted for hours.
People think that their depression will recur if they refrain from taking ketamine. To keep them well and their mental status improved, they continue taking ketamine in the long-term, and sometimes in large doses.
People who are taking it in high doses for a long period can develop tolerance to ketamine. They believed that if they will increase the dose, it will become more effective. It is advisable to keep it in low dose always and make the intervals longer to maintain its effect.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM KETAMINE?
The only way to know who will benefit is to identify who has depression, what type of depression the person has, what antidepressants this person is taking, how this person responds.
CAN I HAVE ALCOHOL BEFORE THE TREATMENT?
Avoid alcohol a night before or on the day of the ketamine treatment or better to quit drinking alcohol while you are on ketamine as this may decrease the effectiveness of the drug and increase some of its side effects.
WHY AM I NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE AFTER THE TREATMENT?
After your ketamine treatment, you should not drive a vehicle because of a feeling of grogginess, which is one of the short-term side effects of ketamine. You can drive a day after or 24 hours after the treatment.
CAN I TAKE MEDICATIONS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?
You should not take medication like anticonvulsant or sedatives 24 hours before the treatment as this may interfere with the effect of ketamine. You can discuss this with the ketamine clinic nurse about your current medications. However, you are allowed to take over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs at the same time with ketamine. Always Inform your doctor first before you take or buy new medicines.
CAN MY ESCORT SIT WITH ME THROUGHOUT THE PROCEDURE?
During ketamine treatment, your escort can stay in the recovery room and wait for you. Once the treatment is through, you are advised to stay in the recovery room for an hour with your escort before going home.
WHAT DOSE OF KETAMINE IS USUALLY PRESCRIBED?
The dose of ketamine you are prescribed is decided by the ketamine clinic Consultant. Doses are calculated on your weight at 0.5mg/kg and will be reviewed before each treatment. For most people this dose will not change; however, doses may be increased or decreased during your treatment period.