How many IV Ketamine treatments will I need?
It is recommended that patients receive six to seven infusions within a two week period as part of the initiation phase of the treatment. This initial intensive approach typically provides a sustained improvement of your condition.
After the initial phase of treatments, many patients will benefit from booster infusions on a less frequent basis that ranges from weeks apart to months apart depending on how you respond to the treatments. Dr. Ghorieshi will work with you and your doctor to review your progress and determine the long-term impact on your symptoms and adjust treatment accordingly.
Do I need to switch doctors?
No. As a licensed physician who is dual board certified in psychiatry, Dr. Ghorieshi is uniquely qualified to manage your ketamine treatments. He can provide all your mental health care (medication management, psychotherapy, and IV Ketamine treatments), or you can keep your current mental health provider and come in only for the IV Ketamine infusions. Dr. Ghorieshi will gladly liaise with your current provider.
Should I stop taking my current medications?
Most medications are compatible with IV Ketamine treatments and may be continued as prescribed. Before receiving your IV Ketamine treatment, Dr. Ghorieshi will review the details of your situation including all medications you are currently taking.
Are there any conditions that might prevent my ability to receive IV Ketamine?
Certain medical conditions need to be addressed prior to receiving IV Ketamine treatments. These include uncontrolled or unstable heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and active symptoms of manic bipolar disorder or psychotic episodes. If any of these conditions currently challenges you, please discuss with Dr. Ghorieshi or your current doctor.
Is there anything I can do to enhance the benefits I receive from IV Ketamine?
Certain medical conditions need to be addressed before receiving IV Ketamine treatments. These include uncontrolled or unstable heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and active symptoms of manic bipolar disorder or psychotic episodes. If you are currently diagnosed with any of these conditions, please discuss with Dr. Ghorieshi or your current doctor.
Does ketamine work for everyone?
Not everyone. However, IV Ketamine treatments have remarkably high success rates. The majority of Dr. Ghorieshi’s patients report significant improvements and often life-changing benefits from their IV Ketamine treatments. Unlike other medications that can take weeks or months to assess, you will know quickly if ketamine is working for you. Because of this rapid response, you will not waste unnecessary time or money.
Does Palo Alto Mind Body accept insurance?
Palo Alto does not accept insurance. However, they will provide the documentation needed for you to submit to your insurance. While many of the services offered by Palo Alto Mind Body, including consultations, are covered by insurance providers, IV Ketamine treatments may be not covered by some providers at this time.