Norfolk Ketamine and Functional Medicine Clinic
Dr. David R. Peters, M.D.,P.C.
891 Norfolk Square
Norfolk, VA 23502
We are located inside of "Choices Clinic"
Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962, and has become a staple in ambulances, emergency departments and operating rooms throughout the world. Ketamine is so safe and effective that it is on the World Health Organization's "List of Essential Medicines". Only those medicines that are the most safe and effective make this list!
Very recently Ketamine has had a high profile in the media because of its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions. Ketamine may be able to help treat:
Major depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, OCD and Bipolar illness.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Lymes Disease Neuropathy, Migraines, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and other Neuropathic Pains.
At the Norfolk Ketamine and Functional Medicine Clinic our goal is to give you the best chance at success without increasing your risk for unwanted side effects.
HOW LONG DOES A KETAMINE TREATMENT LAST?
Recently performed and published studies have shown that a very low dose of ketamine infused over one hour have had dramatic positive effects on clinical depression, especially towards suicidal feelings and in cases that don’t respond to standard treatment. The results show a pretty immediate resolution of depression, immediately or in a few hours.
The relief from a single infusion can last for as little as a few hours to as much as a few weeks. In general most patients typically experience one to two weeks of relief.
Unfortunately, with only one infusion, most patients have a return of their depressive symptoms after this interval. Research has shown a lengthening of ketamine’s anti-depressant effect through more than one infusion (twice a week).
HOW DOES KETAMINE TREATMENT WORK?
Ketamine infusions are typically given twice a week, for up to six treatments. This may vary depending on individual needs and response.
Who is a candidate for ketamine?
Patients are screened carefully using a number of tests and procedures to determine if they are eligible for treatment. Ketamine infusions may be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications.
What can I expect the day of my ketamine treatment?
No food can be eaten for six hours prior to treatment. No gum, candy, or smoking for 4 hours prior. Water is okay up to two hours before treatment. Once checked in, a low dose of Ketamine is infused through an IV over the course of 40 minutes. During this time, the patient will be continually monitored by a nurse and a doctor.
Usually patients can go home within 20–30 minutes of completion of infusion. It is required that the patient arrange a driver to drive them home and preferably someone to stay with them that day.
SIDE EFFECTS FROM KETAMINE
During the infusion you may experience an altered mental status, although you will be alert and able to talk. Patients have also reported blurred vision, slurred speech, mental confusion, nausea, and vomiting. You will return to a normal mental state rapidly when the infusion is over.
Do not drive or operate machinery, care for others, or sign important papers on the day of treatment. It is required that the patient arrange a driver, and preferably someone to stay with them that day.
COST OF KETAMINE TREATMENTS
Ketamine infusions are currently not covered by insurance. We have recently begun offering ketamine infusions on a self-pay basis. Self-pay rate for ketamine infusions is handled on a per treatment basis and must be paid before the infusion service.
Ketamine and Functional Medicine Services are NEVER covered by insurance. Your insurance will, most likely, cover any labs you may need.
Initial visit - Review history and physical, Consent: $50.00
Ketamine Infusion - per visit:
Mood Disorder: $250.00
Initial series is 2 visits per week, for 3 weeks. For a total of 6 infusions. Then every 6 to 12 weeks as needed.
10% discount if initial series (6 visits) paid in full prior to first infusion.
Varies based on type of pain, but will be approximately $200.00/hour
A typical treatment plan for Chronic Pain Syndromes is a series of increasing doses of ketamine infusions over a 3-5 day schedule. Which is then repeated the following week.
Each infusion is anywhere between 4-6 hours each session. More than one series of infusions may be required to achieve adequate remission of symptoms.
Every patient responds differently and we work with you to determine a treatment plan that works with your situation. Some patients may do well with a less intensive treatment plan, but Chronic Pain Syndromes require intensive therapy.