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Ketamine Therapy

Menninger offers ketamine therapy for individuals who suffer from treatment-resistant depression or who may not tolerate the side effects from other forms of depression treatment.


Ketamine is medication that is approved by the FDA for use as a general anesthetic. It is also used “off label” as a very safe treatment for depression. “Off label” simply means that a drug is used in a way not originally intended by its manufacturers. When ketamine is used “off label” to treat depression, it is prescribed in much lower doses than when used for anesthesia. During ketamine therapy, these low doses of ketamine are administered very slowly through an intravenous (IV) infusion. 


What Conditions Get Better with Ketamine Therapy?

Research suggests ketamine can rapidly relieve the symptoms of certain psychiatric conditions, particularly depression. Other conditions that may also be helped by ketamine include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and some forms of chronic pain. Ketamine therapy is considered when other depression treatments have not worked.


Who Should Not Receive Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine therapy is very safe. However, individuals with certain heart or cardiovascular conditions, liver disease, substance use disorders or psychotic disorders may not be eligible for this therapy. Before receiving ketamine therapy, you will need a careful evaluation of your health to make sure you are safe and healthy to receive it.


How is Ketamine Therapy Given?

Ketamine therapy is typically given as a series of treatments. Because Menninger delivers individualized care, the number of treatments for each individual may vary. Typically, adults with depression receive two to three treatments per week for one to three weeks. Adults with PTSD are typically given one to two treatments two or three days per week. 


Who Administers Ketamine Therapy?

Ketamine therapy requires the skills of a specialized treatment team. Our team of specialists consists of a registered nurse and a neuropsychiatrist. Other team members may include anesthesiologists, researchers, and students. Ketamine therapy is an outpatient procedure that takes place at the Menninger Center for Brain Stimulation.


Additional Information

Learn more about ketamine therapy, and check out this Vox writer's account of her ketamine therapy at Menninger.


For a Consultation

If you are interested in ketamine therapy, please call 713-275-5328 or send us an email us.