What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is FDA approved as an anesthetic agent, and has been used in this way for decades. More recently it has been studied for treatment of mental health conditions including depression and PTSD. Ketamine is thought to reset and re-establish connections within the brain and rapidly relieve suicidal thoughts.

Ketamine IV therapy can help with:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic treatment resistant depression
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Chronic neuropathic pain*

How does IV ketamine work?

We at SOMA see ketamine IV therapy as an adjunct to other therapies for mental health conditions. We will work closely with your therapist and/or psychiatrist to optimize your mental well-being. Our approach uses research-based guidelines to create the best treatment plan. We utilize low doses of ketamine through a series of IV infusions.

What to expect.

We will do an initial consultation to review your medications, previous medical history and psychiatric history to determine your appropriateness for ketamine treatment. At this time, we can address any questions or concerns that you may have. We may also request to do basic blood work or have you bring a copy of your most recent results to review at this time.

We will bring you into a private calm and relaxing environment to administer the ketamine. You are welcome to bring with you or any “comfort items,” such as a special blanket or music. You will be monitored periodically throughout your infusion by a medical professional. We want you awake throughout your infusion, but in a relaxed state to aid in the healing process. 

Studies support the use of multiple infusions for the best results. While some patients may feel improvement in symptoms after only 1 infusion, for most the results are not instant. Here at SOMA, our regimen includes 6 treatment sessions over a 2-3 week time span. Typically after this initial set of treatments, patients will need booster sessions after a period of time. While everyone is different, it is important to note that many mental health conditions are chronic. Thus, ketamine is considered a treatment to such chronic conditions and not a cure.

We do not let you drive home after your ketamine infusion. We also recommend against operating heavy machinery, working, making important decisions, caring for small children, or participating in strenuous activities for at least the rest of the day following your infusion. Our staff will make sure you are ready and safe after your infusion before leaving.

Want to know more?

Ketamine is a dissociative drug and can experience feelings of being “disconnected” or in a dream. Other common side effects include nausea, vomiting, heightened perceptions,  and a rise in blood pressure and heart rate. These side effects usually disappear 20 minutes after completion of the infusion with a feeling of fatigue persisting afterward (effects can vary).

Our ketamine infusions run over an hour, but can take up to 2 hours to allow for time to recuperate after the infusion.

Typically we recommend continuing your medications as prescribed. There are very few medicines that cannot be taken in combination with ketamine. This will all be discussed in the consultation prior to any ketamine infusions

Please call or text us during business hours with questions or appointment requests.

  • 531-267-0711
  • info@southomahamedical.com
  • 4828 S. 24th St.
    Omaha, NE
    68107
  • Mon to Fri - 9:30am to 3:30pm
    Sat to Sun - By appointment only
  • You will need to be signed into your square account for registration. Please be sure to fill out all information.
  • All new patients will require an initial consult.
  • If coming to the clinic for the first time please only select consultation and reach out to us to see about scheduling same day infusions.
  • You are free to schedule your infusions but ultimately the timing is between you and your healthcare provider(s).
  • These services are cash pay only for the time being.
  • Don’t want to deal with this? Just give us a call instead and we can set it up for you

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