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IV Ketamine

StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine

Holistic Medicine Specialists located in Skokie, IL & Frisco, TX

When given in low doses, intravenous (IV) ketamine may provide help for people suffering from chronic pain or mental health conditions that don’t respond to traditional treatments. At StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine in Skokie, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Miami Beach, Florida; Crestview Hills, Kentucky; and the West Loop and River North areas of Chicago, the board-certified anesthesiologists and pain medicine physicians provide IV ketamine to treat pain and mental health conditions. Call the nearest office or request an appointment online today to learn more about IV ketamine.

IV Ketamine Q&A

What is IV ketamine?

IV ketamine is the administration of ketamine through an IV line directly into a vein. Ketamine is an anesthetic most often used during surgery. Unlike other forms of general anesthesia, ketamine doesn’t suppress the respiratory system. It works by blocking receptors in the brain to eliminate pain and make you sleep. 

More recently, health professionals have been using IV ketamine in low doses to treat other medical conditions. By blocking receptors in the brain, ketamine forces the chemical messengers to create new routes or neural pathways.

Researchers theorize that these new neural pathways help relieve the symptoms caused by the medical conditions IV ketamine is used to treat. 

Who can benefit from IV ketamine?

Many chronic health conditions benefit from IV ketamine. StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine uses IV ketamine to treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines
  • Nerve pain
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Though IV ketamine benefits mental health and pain conditions, the team at StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine may only recommend the innovative treatment if traditional interventions like oral medications and therapy fail to ease symptoms.

What happens during IV ketamine?

Your provider at StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine customizes your IV ketamine therapy based on your diagnosis and symptoms. IV ketamine is an in-office treatment.

While you relax in the therapy chair, your provider inserts an IV line in your arm and starts treatment. Your IV ketamine therapy may take an hour or more. The team at StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine has you remain at the office following the administration of the ketamine to monitor for side effects.

You must arrange to have someone drive you home after your IV ketamine and plan to take it easy for the remainder of the day. You can resume your usual routine the day after your IV treatment.

What can I expect after IV ketamine?

Results from IV ketamine vary. Some people may experience improvements in their symptoms within hours or days; for others, it may take weeks.

StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine is a ketamine wellness center that provides additional therapies, so you get the most benefits from your treatment. You may need a series of IV ketamine therapies for the best results.

Call StrIVeMD Wellness and Ketamine or request an appointment online today to see how IV ketamine can help you.