Will I Need Ketamine Boosters After the Initiation Series? 

If you’re experiencing long-term challenges such as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other conditions, you may be frustrated by a lack of solutions. Conditions such as these often require a multifaceted approach, and many individuals find that conventional treatments can’t provide the relief they’re looking for. 

If you’re already trying prescription medications and/or talk therapy but are disappointed with the results, it may be time to consider ketamine infusion therapy. Since ketamine is thought to stimulate regrowth of neural connections, it’s often especially helpful for people with treatment-resistant depression or other conditions that are difficult to treat. This type of treatment is safe when administered in a clinical setting under the supervision of board certified physicians, and research continues to show promising outcomes. Ketamine is best given through intravenous infusions, and these treatments are typically given in a series over the course of several weeks. To maintain the beneficial results of ketamine, occasional boosters are administered. Here, we discuss how often you may need to receive boosters after your initial series of infusions. 

Why Ketamine Boosters Are Sometimes Necessary 

Because we all have different backgrounds and brain chemistry, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to ketamine infusions (or any other type of treatment). When you first reach out to us to discuss your history and symptoms, we’ll make a plan that’s tailored to your needs. In general, though, most patients with depression can expect a course of three infusions each week for two weeks. Most patients with chronic pain are better served by infusions given every day for five days. 

Once we determine the best plan of action for your unique needs, we may feel that boosters are necessary to maintain your results. This is especially true of individuals who seek ketamine infusions for conditions related to mental health. Many of our patients have found that receiving a booster every two to four months after their initiation series helps keep symptoms of mood disorders at bay. 

If you’re interested in exploring ketamine infusion therapy, we’re here for you. Led by board-certified physicians, our practice is dedicated to providing relief for anyone we feel we can help. As discussed here, we’ll first determine the appropriate dosage and timing of your initiation series based upon your medical history, symptoms, and goals. After you’ve completed the initiation series, we’ll follow up in a few weeks to see how you’re feeling. Then, if necessary, we’ll identify a booster schedule. To create your tailored wellness plan, the first step is to contact our team. 

Photo by Natalie Grainger on Unsplash

Further Reading

Find your path to total mind-body wellness here.