IV Ketamine Specialist


Ketamine Infusion Specialist & Wellness located in Midtown, New York, NY

Numerous studies show that intravenous (IV) ketamine can offer new hope and enormous relief for people struggling with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain. At Ketaesthetic in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, the team of IV ketamine specialists makes this groundbreaking treatment available in an outpatient setting so you can get fast results when you need them the most. To learn more, book your appointment online or by phone now.

IV Ketamine Q & A

What is IV ketamine?

Intravenous (IV) ketamine is a medical treatment for mental and physical health problems that don't improve with traditional treatment approaches. In the 1960s, surgeons started to use ketamine as an anesthetic during procedures. 

Interestingly, the drug proved to have extremely beneficial side effects in terms of mental health and pain relief. Today, ketamine is increasingly used as a treatment rather than an anesthetic.

A ketamine infusion delivers the medication directly into your bloodstream through a vein as you relax in the Ketaesthetic office. This delivers the exact dose you need, in a method that gives you the fastest results possible. Many people start to feel better after just one infusion.

What does IV ketamine treat?

Ketamine is generally reserved for difficult-to-treat conditions that don’t improve with conservative care like psychotherapy and medication. Today, ketamine is increasingly used as a treatment for:

  • Major depression 
  • Pain management (chronic pain)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Many people who have one of these disorders also have another. For example, it's very common to have chronic pain and depression simultaneously. Fortunately, IV ketamine can be amazingly effective for both. 

How does ketamine work?

Medical experts and research specialists are still investigating exactly how ketamine works. Many of them believe it works by affecting chemicals (neurotransmitters) in your brain. Low-dose ketamine rapidly restores the proper levels of a neurotransmitter — glutamate — that antidepressants don’t affect. 

Glutamate plays a major role in controlling depression and anxiety, and it also plays a big role in pain sensitization. New glutamate production triggers your brain to grow new neural connections and pathways, essentially rewiring the brain to work more efficiently.

Although the specifics are uncertain, the effects are clear: Ketamine can bring on extremely beneficial effects for many people who struggle with chronic conditions. 

What are IV ketamine infusions like?

For a ketamine infusion, you sit in a comfortable position as the team attaches an intravenous line to your arm. During the session, you simply relax until receiving the entire dose into your bloodstream. 

Depending on your condition, treatment plan, and the dosage, the infusion could take from under an hour to several hours. Throughout the infusion, the team checks on your progress. They also monitor you after the infusion to make sure you don't have any issues. 

Arrange for a loved one to drive you home. Although you can't drive right away, you can resume your normal activities in the morning. 

You may notice symptom lessening as soon as a few hours after your ketamine treatment. Many people experience miraculous relief very quickly, even after years of trying other treatments like antidepressants. 

If you’re interested in ketamine infusions, call Ketaesthetic or book an appointment online now.