Debilitating depression often brings about feelings of humiliation, frustration, and hopelessness. Traditional medications may not offer benefit for several months, if at all, leading to medication changes, multiple doctor’s visits, draining side effects, and endless exasperation.
At Bright Infusions, we offer alternative therapies, and possible hope, for the most treatment-resistant cases of depression – intravenous ketamine infusions and intramuscular ketamine injections.
As board-certified physician anesthesiologists, we have dedicated our lives to providing compassionate care. Patients overwhelmed with feelings of despair and unable to delight in the joys of life certainly deserve the expertise that we offer.
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Update: Ketamine in the news ...
June 4, 2018 NPR article: From Chaos To Calm: A Life Changed By Ketamine
The August 7, 2017 issue of Time Magazine (and cover story!) highlights the benefits of ketamine in treating depression: New Hope for Depression.
Watch the NBC Nightly News segment on ketamine treatments for depression, first aired March 27, 2017.
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5301 Veterans Memorial Parkway
St. Peters, MO 63376
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Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 7:00am - 1pm
Ketamine is a prescription drug that was first described in 1965. It has been used by anesthesiologists in the operating room for decades for sedation and inducing general anesthesia.
Recent research has focused on its newfound utility in treating depression. Numerous new studies have shown low-dose ketamine to produce rapid antidepressant effects within hours of treatment. After a regular course of six treatments, the antidepressant effects may last for months.
This exciting breakthrough discovery offers a new treatment option for patients that have struggled with conventional treatments and therapies.
At the low doses that we use, side effects are unlikely besides a slight feeling of dissociation (out-of-body/dreamlike state). These side effects are typically short-lived and wear off shortly after completion of treatment. At higher doses, it can cause more severe side effects. This is why you should only trust anesthesiologists to administer this powerful drug, as they have the most skill and experience in its use.
Many patients are appropriate for treatment with ketamine:
- Patients with treatment-resistant depression that have failed all other traditional and non-traditional depression therapies.
- Patients that have had a lifelong struggle with the side effects of traditional depression medications.
- Patients that feel trapped in an endless cycle of recurring symptoms despite maximal medication and therapy.
- Patients that don’t want to deal with the hassle of (potentially) a lifetime of daily medications.
Studies have demonstrated a remarkable response rate (between 60-90%) for previously treatment-resistant depression, so patients certainly have favorable odds that they will respond to treatment. These same studies show that a series of repeated treatments markedly improves long-term response compared to a single treatment.
Treatment at Bright Infusions requires a referral from a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or primary care physician with a diagnosis of clinical depression.
We do not accept walk-in patients, and treatments are by appointment only. Please email us to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org. We treat patients on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only.
At this time, we are only accepting adult patients ages 18 and over.
At Bright Infusions, we offer two different types of ketamine treatment.
Intravenous (IV) drug administration
- A 40-minute continuous IV infusion of ketamine
- After checking in, we will start an IV in one of your veins
- You will then be placed in a private room, where we will use a specially-calibrated pump that will deliver ketamine directly into your bloodstream in a slow, steady, controlled manner
- This ensures that the entire dose reaches the bloodstream, which means that the maximum amount of drug reaches the brain
- IV administration is by far the most extensively studied type of ketamine administration, with numerous studies noting its effectiveness
Intramuscular (IM) drug administration
- An injection directly into the muscle, similar to a vaccination
- From there, a portion of the drug reaches the bloodstream
- When this blood travels to the brain, the drug can begin to work
- The drug effects tend to be less reliable and predictable, as it is impossible to know the precise amount of drug that reaches the bloodstream
- Far fewer studies have explored the antidepressive effects of ketamine IM injections for this reason
- We offer IM ketamine injections as a lower-cost alternative to the IV route of administration
Every patient has a dedicated scheduling block. Please arrive on time to allow for adequate preparation for your treatment.
- Nothing to eat or drink the morning of your treatment.
- After check-in, we escort you to a private treatment room and administer the treatment.
- We monitor your vital signs during and immediately after treatment.
- Feel free to bring your MP3 player! We welcome a musical background during your infusion, but please no video devices, as they may interfere with treatment.
- A friend or family member must drive you home after treatment.
- Patients are advised NOT to drive, use heavy machinery, or make significant decisions the rest of the day after treatment.
We hope that our treatments will help you.
However, unfortunately, every patient’s brain chemistry varies.
We ask that you schedule an appointment after two or three treatments with your referring provider for a proper evaluation of your symptoms. If your symptoms have not improved by this time, you will likely not benefit from further ketamine treatment.
Treatment of depression with ketamine is not FDA-approved.
Thus, it is still considered an investigational and experimental treatment. This means that insurance companies will NOT cover this treatment. Non-covered services also do NOT count towards your yearly insurance deductible or yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
We accept all major credit and debit cards as payment.
We understand that costs can become a barrier in pursuing treatment, and we have tried to make our treatments as accessible as possible with respect to price.
Our treatment costs are as follows:
Intravenous (IV) treatments: $300 per treatment ($1800 total for the initial course of six treatments)
Intramuscular (IM) treatments: $150 per treatment ($900 for the initial course of six treatments)
Studies show that a course of six treatments over two weeks provides the best chance of long-term relief. After the initial course of six treatments, patients can expect to need a single "booster" treatment approximately every 3-6 weeks to maintain remission of symptoms.