Frequently Asked Questions

I suffer from treatment-resistant mental illness - will ketamine help me?

Research shows that up to 75% of patients who suffer from treatment-resistant psychiatric illnesses do experience quick and substantial relief after receiving ketamine infusions. Each case, of course, is different, but most patients who receive ketamine treatment do experience remission.

How quickly does ketamine treatment begin to work?

Some patients experience relief almost immediately, within a few hours. For others, it may take a few days. Some patients may not experience relief until they have completed a few sessions. Each experience is unique, and the team of highly trained clinicians will monitor and adjust your treatment plan as needed to help you achieve your best results.

Do I need a referral to be treated?

No, you do not need a referral. As part of the pre-screening process, the physician at a COPE supported center may ask to speak to members of your healthcare team for more information on your particular case. It is important to keep your primary care physician (PCP), psychiatrist, or other health-care specialist you may be working with on your care informed on this treatment. Once you complete your treatment, you will likely be transitioned back into the care of your PCP or psychiatrist.

Are ketamine infusions covered under my insurance plan?

No, at this time insurance companies do not cover or reimburse for these treatments.

Do I need to stop taking my current psychiatric medications before I start ketamine treatment?

Most psychiatric medications can be safely taken with ketamine. This is something that will be addressed in detail during your initial consultation, so that you can make an informed decision before starting treatment.

Are there any pre-existing medical conditions that could prevent me from receiving treatment?

All patients are screened in advance by one of our expert consultation psychiatrists. If there are any concerns regarding any pre-existing conditions, you will be informed at that point, and can make an informed decision on the best treatment plan for you.

Is ketamine addictive?

No, it is not when administered in low doses under supervision.

Where does my treatment take place?

Ketamine and Esketamine (Spravato) treatments are administered on an outpatient basis at the treatment center. You will be welcomed into a private room, with a comfortable, plush seat, and offered your choice of entertainment, including: cable television, Netflix, iPads and wifi, as well as coffee and water, for the duration of your treatment.

Do I need to stop eating or drinking in advance of my appointment?

You cannot eat for 4 hours prior to your appointment. You can have clear liquids, and we encourage you to stay hydrated.

Does someone need to come with me?

You do not need someone in the room with you during your treatment. However, once released, we ask that you have a friend or family member drive you home; alternatively, we are happy to help you arrange a taxi or Uber ride home.

Can you walk me through what happens and what I might experience during my treatment?

Your ketamine treatment, which is administered via IV infusion, will last 40 minutes. Even though ketamine is a sedative, the amount given for this treatment is not enough to put you to sleep. You may feel very relaxed or like you are having an out of body experience, and may see vivid colors or experience other visual perceptions. It is important to understand that these side effects are not harmful, and are in fact, key to the treatment’s effectiveness. During treatment, some patients may experience nausea or headache. At the completion of the treatment, these effects diminish quickly and there are no lasting remnants. The majority of patients do not find these sensations bothersome or uncomfortable, and some may even find it soothing.

Are there any lasting side effects of IV ketamine treatment?

No, there are no known long-term side effects with low dose IV ketamine treatment.