Ketamine Infusion Therapy (KIT)
Sutter Center for Psychiatry
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a new treatment modality for the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and possibly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD and anxiety disorders There are many research studies examining this drug, and drugs similar to Ketamine for various psychiatric conditions. Currently, the treatment must be done by an intravenous infusion. However, in some patients, Ketamine can prove to be effective (and sometimes rapidly effective) when other treatment approaches have not worked. Because the treatment is not yet well established, we reserve this treatment, in most situations, for patients who have not responded to TMS or ECT.
What can I expect when I have KIT?
With this treatment, it is not necessary to fast prior to treatment. When you arrive for your treatment, you are placed on a bed, and an IV is inserted in your arm. You then receive a 40 minute infusion of a very low dose of Ketamine. Though this drug is an anesthetic, the dose is so low that at most, you may become a little drowsy. Some patients experience some anxiety during treatment. This can be effectively treated with intravenous anti-anxiety medication. Very rarely, patients have reported having hallucinations during treatment, but after having done perhaps one thousand of these treatments, we have never observed this side effect. The treatments are done two or three times a week, and if you respond to treatment, the interval between treatments is gradually extended to maintain the improvement obtained.
You can read about and listen to NPR’s story about Ketamine Infusion Therapy here: