What Might Interfere With Ketamine?

Conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain are life-altering and can lead to a significant reduction in quality of life. If you’ve tried medication or therapy and haven’t achieved the results that you need, ketamine infusions administered by a medical professional may be an option. Recent studies have suggested that this FDA-approved anesthetic can produce fast, effective results for individuals struggling with a wide array of conditions that are often resistant to traditional forms of treatment. If you’re interested in pursuing ketamine infusions, it’s important to be aware of other medications that may interfere with the process. Although there are several drugs that can impede the positive effects of ketamine, please note that you still may be a candidate for this type of treatment. If a medication that you’re currently taking is on the list we share here, don’t hesitate to reach out so we can discuss a plan to meet your needs.

Medications That Can Affect Ketamine Treatments

Before you begin making a ketamine treatment plan with your medical team, it’s important to be upfront about every medication or supplement that you’re taking. Although every individual is different and results may vary, here are a few substances that most commonly interfere with ketamine infusions:

  • Benzodiazepines (“benzos”)
  • Marijuana or products that contain THC
  • Lamictal
  • Latuda
  • Gabapentin
  • Lyrica

The medications mentioned here are just a few of the most common substances that can impede the effects of ketamine infusions. If you’re using any of the products shown above, it’s important to continue following the advice of your medical team. Ketamine can still be effective in combination with other medications, but it may be necessary to taper your dosage or increase the frequency or dosage of ketamine infusions.

Living with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, or any other condition that interferes with your quality of life is a challenge that you don’t have to face alone. At Infuse Ketamine, we’ve seen firsthand how effective ketamine can be at managing symptoms of mental health issues, chronic pain, and more. Since medical ketamine is non-invasive and has few (or no) side effects, it’s often an excellent choice for those who have tried several other treatment options without significant results. If you’re interested in learning more about ketamine therapy, please give us a call. We’d love to learn more about you and help you determine if ketamine infusions can be successfully incorporated into your care plan.

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