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At Home Ketamine Therapy

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What is at home ketamine therapy?

At home Ketamine therapy is the intake of Ketamine orally at home while virtually connected to a clinician and/or a therapist through an online session. 

While it used to be required that the first session is always administered in the clinics, the changes in the telemedicine legislation due to COVID 19 pandemic allows that the first and subsequent ketamine administration session are done remotely. A patient can be considered fit for at-home Ketamine therapy only after an online consultation with a clinician of the selected clinic and by filling in an online candidate assessment form. 

One tablet of Ketamine provided by the clinic is administered under the tongue. It dissolves within 10 minutes. A patient covers the eyes and dive into a 1-hour inner journey. The patient can listen to relaxing music or meditations which are often provided by the clinics. During the session, the patient is monitored by a therapist who ensures that the therapy is progressing well.

The approach in the at home Ketamine therapy may differ. The clinician may prescribe 4 or 6 sessions every 1 or 2 weeks. Some clinics are “on demand” meaning the patient chooses when and how many sessions they’d like to have.

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is most well known as an anesthetic medication used before and after surgery. However, it has also been prescribed off label for various conditions including for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar depression, chronic pain conditions among others. In March 2019, s-ketamine spray Spravato was approved by the FDA for depression. The medication can be administered through IV, IM infusions, tablets alongside a nasal spray Spravato. If qualified, a patient may fit for at home Ketamine therapy.

How does at home ketamine therapy work?

At home Ketamine therapy usually starts with guidance from the clinic. A clinician or therapist explains steps involved in the treatment, and goals that should be set to destroy mental blocks and which may be the cause of a patient’s depression or anxiety. Every patient is provided with a notepad to write down their experience after sessions. Also, notes are used at the end of Ketamine home treatment for learning the changes a patient acquired during the treatment. 

Mindbloom’s at home Ketamine therapy starts in the following order:

Preparation 

  1. Take the assessment. A patient is examined online on depression and anxiety symptoms. The online candidate assessment allows deciding if Ketamine home treatment fits one particular case. It is made of personal information a patient should fill in including full name, depression, and anxiety symptoms over the last 7 days, medications he currently takes for these mental health conditions among others.
  2. If Ketamine home treatment fits a patient’s case, he may schedule a free introductory call with a guide to learn more.
  3. After, a patient pays a deposit of $250 to schedule a video consultation with a clinician for psychiatric evaluation.
  4. Before initiating Ketamine home treatment a clinician starts with Psychedelic therapy to set and determine intentions for upcoming treatment.

Exploration

  1. Prepare with a clinician. A patient is examined physically and mentally if he fits the session. If the vitals are okay, a clinician share tips for diving into a journey with a therapy.
  2. The journey starts. A patient takes a tablet of Ketamine under the tongue. A tablet dissolves in 10 minutes.
  3. A Ketamine home treatment session lasts 1 hour. A patient may cover the eyes and listen to meditations or relaxing music often provided by the clinic.
  4. During the session, a patient is monitored by a clinician who ensures therapy is progressing well.
  5. After the session, a patient may integrate his experience in notepad.

A therapist may prescribe 4 Ketamine home treatment sessions every 1 or 2 weeks.

Integration – Completing the Ketamine Journey

  1. Journaling after the journey. A patient discusses with a therapist what he has learned about himself, what changes have occurred.
  2. Structuring the further sessions. Either at the clinic or at home, a patient sets new goals.
  3. Continuing with psychedelic therapy. After 4 sessions, a patient knows how to get the most out of therapy through inner exploration, and integration approaches.

Evolution

  1. 1 to 1 integration therapy with a therapist. A patient may continue using the Mindbloom platform to receive help from a therapist in his daily life. He may learn how to interpret experiences positively.
  2. Enrolling to advanced programs. By acquiring knowledge from the basics of Ketamine home treatment, a patient can go deeper with IM injections and new at home Ketamine therapy programs.
  3. Group therapy. A patient may invite his family or close friends for group therapy at Mindbloom.

The approaches in Ketamine home treatment plan differ. Refer to one of the clinics that provide at home Ketamine therapy to learn what steps are included in the therapy.

What conditions is ketamine used for? 

While Spravato is FDA approved for depression treatment alongside its use as an anesthetic before and after surgery, it can be prescribed off label for PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, chronic pain among others.

Ketamine for depression

The following studies have been conducted:

Ketamine for anxiety

The following studies have been conducted:

Ketamine for PTSD

The following studies have been conducted:

Ketamine for OCD

The following studies have been conducted:

Ketamine for bipolar disorder

The following studies have been conducted:

Ketamine for chronic pain

The following studies have been conducted:

Ketamine for consciousness expansion

The following studies have been conducted:

What will I feel during the session? 

Ketamine home treatment should not differ from the sessions at the clinic if a medication is administered correctly. After the intake of one tablet, a patient may experience a variety of different sensations and emotions, including disconnection from reality, elevated creativity, serenity, inspiration. Some may experience empathy or a feeling of traveling outside their bodies. During at home Ketamine therapy, a patient can develop hypersensitivity to lights and sounds, and mood changes. 

After at home Ketamine therapy, a patient may also face mild side effects which usually disappear in 10-15 minutes.

The common side effects during at home Ketamine therapy:

  • numbness of limbs;
  • blurred vision;
  • dizziness;
  • confusion.

A patient should not have any problem to resume normal daily activities. A therapist will send a questionnaire to assess the results of a therapy and monitor the changes in symptoms.

Inform your doctor if you experience any changes, pain, or side effects after Ketamine home treatment.

How much do Ketamine infusions cost?

It depends on the clinic which provides Ketamine home treatment. The price per infusion at Mindbloom is $250.

What are the risks of Ketamine home treatment? 

Like all treatments, Ketamine home treatment has risks associated with the administration of the medication inside the clinics in addition to the risks due to not being physically supervised by a therapist. 

A patient should take this medication only as directed by the doctor. Online supervision of a doctor or therapist is required, as it can be misused due to dissociative and other side effects.

Disclose your full list of medications and health supplements to the doctor prior to the therapy. Inform the doctor if you experience any changes, pain, or side effects after Ketamine home treatment. 

How do I get started?

If you believe that ketamine home treatment could be a good fit for you, reach out to one of the clinics to begin the evaluation process. 

Please refer to our in-depth article about Ketamine therapy for more information

FAQ

🩺 What does ketamine therapy at home mean?

This type of treatment is becoming increasingly popular. Ketamine therapy at home means that you will undergo ketamine therapy treatment at home without or via virtual supervision of a doctor.

🤷‍♂️ Is at home ketamine therapy safe for me?

Yes, at home ketamine therapy is safe if your doctor decides that this type of treatment is right for you and if you follow the recommendations of your doctor. The risks of going through at home ketamine therapy certainly exist, but the risk will be mitigated by working with and following the instructions of a good doctor and psychotherapist.

🏥 Do I need to visit the clinic to get ketamine therapy at home?

Not necessarily and most of the time you will not need to visit the clinic before you can do at home ketamine therapy. It will depend on the clinic and your individual situation. If you are taking ketamine therapy at home, your doctor may schedule a clinic visit based on your condition and health indicators.

🤔 How to find ketamine therapy at home?

To find at home ketamine therapy treatment, you just need to go to our website, where we will talk in detail about all aspects of at-home ketamine therapy.

👨‍⚕️ Who needs at home ketamine therapy?

At home ketamine therapy is a good option for people suffering from various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, chronic pain among other conditions. At the moment, at home ketamine therapy is one of the most effective and immediate treatments for the above conditions.

Disclaimer: This website does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on our Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911

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