Ketamine Treatment in St. Louis, Missouri
One in five adults in St. Louis have some form of mental illness, and as of 2014 one in ten suffered major depression. Intentional self-harm (including suicide) was the sixth leading cause of death for children 18 years and under, and the third leading cause of death for those between 18 and 24. In St. Louis County, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among all age groups. Additionally, people suffering from mental illness have a higher prevalence of substance abuse disorders, heart diseases, metabolic diseases and have a life span that is a shocking 25 years shorter than the average American.
COPE is the leading provider of ketamine infusions in St Louis, Missouri. Treatment is provided by our trained MDs in established, professional medical practices. Ketamine is emerging as an effective off-label treatment for Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD and Chronic Pain. Read more about why you should consider ketamine treatment if you’ve tried traditional medications with no success. Ketamine treatment is helping to improve mental health in Missouri.
Ketamine Infusions: Competitive Pricing, Flexible Scheduling and Fewer Side Effects
Ketamine Infusions are a treatment many patients seek when they feel like they have tried everything else. It is giving people with treatment-resistant mental health conditions renewed hope. It’s also a popular treatment option in St. Louis, for these mental health conditions because it offers relief from the condition without some of the side effects including weight gain. COPE makes accessing ketamine treatment a safe and comfortable experience. Our pricing is competitive and appointments can be scheduled flexibly around your schedule.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy: How It Works
Ketamine is an innovative, cutting-edge medication for difficult to treat cases of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders, among others. We specialize in ketamine treatments for many mental illnesses. It was originally developed as an anesthetic, and approved by the FDA for such use in 1970. Ketamine has since been discovered to have many other uses in medicine, including as a solution for treatment-resistant psychiatric illness.
The Treatment Process
To receive ketamine treatment, you must first be screened by one of our local St. Louis, Missouri, psychiatric experts, to ensure that this is an appropriate treatment for you. Ketamine treatment isn’t for everyone, but it has had great success rates for many people. Once approved and scheduled, you arrive at our office 15 minutes in advance to complete any remaining paperwork. At your scheduled time, you will be escorted 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. We will do everything we can to make your treatment as comfortable and welcoming as possible.
Your ketamine treatment, which is administered via IV infusion, will last 40 minutes, and you will be asked to remain at the St. Louis COPE office for an additional hour for observation. 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.
Duration of Treatment
For the first two weeks of treatment, you will come in three times a week for an IV ketamine infusion (each being a 40-minute session, followed by a one-hour observation period.) You may find that you can then maintain remission of your illness on more traditional psychiatric medications. Some patients, however, may need to come in for maintenance treatments, which will occur every week for four weeks. The sustained phase is once a month for six months (if necessary).
COPE offers ketamine or esketamine (Spravato) treatment in St. Louis, Missouri at our practice located at 5000 Cedar Plaza Pkwy #350 St. Louis, MO 63128. The site is directed by the distinguished Azfar Malik, MD.
Azfar M. Malik, MD, MBA, DFAPA, is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Malik earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1978 from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He is licensed by the state of Missouri and certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
5000 Cedar Plaza Pkwy #350
St. Louis, MO 63128
M—F: 9:00am — 5:00pm
SAT: 9:00am — 12:30pm