Ketamine FAQs

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Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic that has been in wide use around the world in operating rooms and trauma fields for nearly 60 years. Ketamine infusion has been studied as an alternative treatment used for refractory depression, chronic pain syndromes, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, and many other conditions with great success.

Although Ketamine is FDA-approved its use in these conditions is “off-label” and it is currently not covered by insurance. while thousands of patients are having success with this treatment there is no guarantee implied or otherwise or relief of pain or depressive symptoms

Some patients report feeling dizzy, getting a sensation of floating or flying, blurred vision, nausea and rarely hallucinations. We can treat or alleviate these side effects with medications such as Zofran or Versed.
Addiction has not been found when Ketamine is used in the dose given, treatment schedule and supervised medical setting consistent with Boise Ketamine Clinic practices. We work closely with your referring physician or mental health provider to monitor your treatment.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure and serious heart or lung problems would need to be disclosed to your Ketamine provider. You will fill out a health questionnaire and discuss your medical history and undergo a brief physical exam with your anesthetist.

Ketamine treatment is typically given in a series of infusions, with each infusion lasting for about an hour. The number of infusions needed and the frequency of maintenance infusions will vary depending on the condition being treated and the individual’s response to the treatment.

For example, ketamine treatment for depression may last for a few weeks, while ketamine treatment for chronic pain may last for months or even years. Some people may need to have maintenance infusions on a regular basis to maintain their improvement.

A referral from your therapist, counselor, chronic pain, psychiatric or medical doctor is necessary and you will be required to maintain ongoing regular contact with them throughout your course of treatment. Self-referral will be considered with approval by a documented medical diagnosis.

You can contact Boise Ketamine Clinic through the “Contact” tab and we will email you the documents necessary to begin treatment. After we have the information needed to begin treatment we will contact you to set up an appointment.

Ketamine treatments are an “off-label” use of ketamine and as it is a relatively new therapy it is not currently covered by insurance.

CRPS/RSD: most patients require 5-10 sequential sessions which are done over a 5-15 day block

Boise Ketamine does not take insurance, as ketamine is a non-covered service for which there are no billable CPT codes. This portion of our services is cash pay, which is due at the time of service and the cost for this can be seen on your appointment confirmation. 
Our sister company, Healing House, can bill insurance for small portions of your sessions that do have billable CPT codes. Billing insurance will lower your out-of-pocket costs by an average of $200/session. Billing insurance is optional, and we also accept an uninsured self-pay rate at an additional $200/session.
More information on this process can be found in the consent and Billing FAQ provided to you when you complete your intake paperwork.

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