Ketamine infusion therapy has been proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of pain and mood disorders. At CLEAR Wellness Group, we have had excellent results using ketamine treatments for CRPS, depression, anxiety and other pain or mood disorders. Compared to opioids for pain or medications for mood disorders, ketamine has minimal health risks or side effects. If you are considering trying ketamine therapy at our clinic in Chicago, it is important for you to know the possible ketamine side effects and what to expect during your treatment. Some patients may experience side effects such as nausea/vomiting, dizziness, blurry vision, increase in heart rate, and increase in blood pressure.

Ketamine was approved as an anesthetic in the 1960s, and it has been used safely for over half a century. While under the effects of ketamine, there is a sedative effect, but also an “out of body” experience. However, the effects of the treatment quickly dissipate once the therapy session is over. After a treatment session, patients may feel groggy and require 15-20 minutes or more to recover before attempting to go home. It is common for patients to feel tired or “out of it” for the rest of the day. It is best not to plan to work or do anything strenuous after a ketamine treatment session.

Non-Addictive with Minimal Side Effects

Ketamine is non-addictive, a benefit for those with chronic pain who want an alternative to opioids. It is considered a safe medication with only a few, mild side effects. Some patients may experience some nausea, and our physicians can offer solutions to counter-effect this symptom. Others may experience a headache the day after their treatment, which can also be managed.

The good news for those who can benefit from ketamine therapy is that there are very few possible side effects. This is a safe and non-addictive treatment that has a very high success rate for those with chronic pain and mood disorders. If you want to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy and if it may be right for you, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago.