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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication that was first developed in 1962. It is FDA approved as an anesthesia with a remarkably safe track record in operating rooms for anesthesia during surgery. It has most recently been found to be effective in treating many conditions such as depression, chronic pain, and PTSD. Ketamine’s use outside of an anesthetic is considered “off label”, and allowed when deemed appropriate by a qualified health professional. It is estimated that almost ¼ of all prescriptions sold in the United States are prescribed off label.

How does Ketamine work?

Ketamine has been shown to stimulate neuron growth in the brain in as quickly as an hour. Many scientists studying Ketamine are focusing on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays a key role in neural activation. Ketamine has also been found to be a strong anti-inflammatory. While studies of Ketamine and “how It” works are continuing professionals in the field of low dose Ketamine infusions are seeing it’s life enhancing results daily.

What are common side effects?

Any side effect experienced as a result of Ketamine infusions will go away within an hour of treatment. The most common reported side effects include mild nausea, drowsiness and temporary increase in blood pressure. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist administering your infusion will closely monitor your blood pressure and heart rate throughout the course of the infusion. Less common side effects include vivid dreams, mood swings or agitation. If these types of side effects do occur, they are controlled by adjusting the dosage of Ketamine.

Will insurance cover the cost of infusion?

At this time Ketamine infusion therapy is not a service typically reimbursed by insurance companies. However, depending on your individual medical insurance plan, some portion of the treatment may be eligible for partial reimbursement. Each new patient makes it more likely that insurance companies will add this treatment to their plan of covered services.

Do you prescribe Ketamine nasal spray or intramuscular injections?

Current research suggests that nasal and intramuscular Ketamine do not provide lasting or substantial benefits. Illuminate Wellness Center only performs and recommends Ketamine IV infusions.

What is the cost of a consultation?

We offer a completely cost free comprehensive consultation for any new patient to Illuminate Wellness Center.

What medical conditions keep me from receiving IV ketamine infusions?

There a very few. Call to discuss your individual health history with one of our professionals at 423-765-0777.

Do I need to bring someone with me to my ketamine treatments?

You do not need to have someone bring you to/or remain with you during the infusion but, someone MUST take you home. We advise you not to drive a car, operate heavy/dangerous machinery, sign any contracts or partake in other potentially risky activities until the following morning.

Can I eat or drink before my appointment?

You cannot eat 4 (four) hours prior to your scheduled appointment. You may have clear liquids up to 2 (two) hours before your appointment.

What kind of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and cash.

How many infusions will I need?

For our mood disorder patients we provide a series of 6 (six) infusions over 2 to 3 weeks. Most patients see some improvement the day after their 2nd or 3rd infusion but, it is crucial to complete the whole series. For those who don’t benefit after 2nd or 3rd infusion, we may attempt a longer and/or higher dose infusion. If still no response, we generally will stop treatments.

For our pain patients, we provide 5 (five) or 6 (six) 4 hour infusions, generally done on consecutive days. Because pain conditions require more substantial dosing, we cannot determine whether or not a patient is responding after their 2nd infusion. Results can be seen quickly but, are often not seen until several days after the full course of infusions are complete.

What happens during the infusion?

Many find it helpful and relaxing to listen to music and t wear an eyeshade or sunglasses. Feel free to bring your own music or headphones to your appointment. The more relaxed you are during your infusion, the better the results will be. Some like to have another person in the room with them and others want to be alone. Our number one goal is to make this a comfortable experience.

Can Ketamine be addictive?

Ketamine has developed a negative stigma over time when being used as a street drug. Numerous studies have shown that there is essentially no potential for addiction given in low dose.

Do I still need my current doctor?

Absolutely. Illuminate Wellness Center works with many different types of healthcare providers. Even though we provide the treatment, you will still need to work with your current doctor to make sure your disease or ailment is being managed appropriately