Are Ketamine Infusions Safe?

Jan 06, 2024
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It’s always wise to verify the safety of a new treatment, and ketamine infusions have grown enormously popular. Here’s what you need to know.

Ketamine is a drug with a powerful reputation, so it’s natural that people are hesitant to receive infusions without first making sure it’s safe. However, ketamine has value like any other medication when used appropriately. If you suffer from chronic pain or treatment resistant mood disorder, ketamine infusions can be a valuable, long-lasting form of pain and depression therapy and relaxation. 

At Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, our team of body wellness and anti-aging specialists provides ketamine infusions to treat chronic pain from migraines, nerve injuries, or illness.

A good look at ketamine 

Introduced in the 1970s as a short-acting anesthetic, ketamine quickly established itself in the anesthesia world. However, since the beginning of its clinical use, public opinion surrounding ketamine has shifted, with many wrongly considering it just a tranquilizer for animals (its first use as a drug) or a potentially lethal party drug (Special K). 

Ketamine is more than a sum of its parts, though, and its versatile use only confirms what many doctors have been speculating: it’s more than an anesthetic. 

Studies have been piling up pointing towards ketamine’s value in other areas, particularly mental health and pain relief. Many people with treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic neuropathic pain struggle on a daily basis, but ketamine can provide relief where other treatments can’t. 

At Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead, we offer ketamine infusions to relieve pain and stress caused by many chronic conditions, including: 

  • Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Phantom pain 
  • Depression 
  • PTSD
  • Postherpetic and trigeminal neuralgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Post-surgical pain 
  • Neuropathy 

Assuring your safety 

When looking for a ketamine infusion provider, it is important to verify the provider's credentials. Knowledge of the drug and proper training in the administration of it is crucial. Confirm that the provider has the proper equipment including a vital signs monitor, emergency crash cart kits, and oxygen tanks if necessary. It is also important that you feel comfortable in the space. In order to have a beneficial and relaxing treatment, you want to feel safe and in a trustworthy environment. 

We care about our patients’ safety and comfort. During every infusion our provider reviews your medical history, your NPO status, and discusses any concerns you may have. We carefully measure out the appropriate dosage and begin the infusion. Ketamine is given intravenously, but we deliver it one drip at a time to gauge your reaction and ensure that your experience is pleasant. We play soothing music during the procedure, and we encourage you to close your eyes and relax in the quiet, safe, peaceful environment. 

The infusion itself takes about an hour. You’ll be monitored for an hour more, giving you a chance to fully unwind and recover from the treatment. You can expect an immediate improvement in pain levels and mood, and these effects can last for days or even weeks between treatments. Every patient is different, so results may differ.

If you’re struggling with unyielding mental and/or physical symptoms, ketamine infusions might provide the relief you need. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Regenerative MedSpa of Buckhead at 404-816-8557, or request an appointment online.