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Ketamine Infusion Specialist

Jessen Mukalel, MD

Spine, Sports, and Interventional Pain Specialists & Ketamine Infusion Specialist located in The Woodlands, TX

If you have treatment-resistant conditions like complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, or Lyme disease, you may be a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy. At his office in The Woodlands, Texas, interventional pain specialist Jessen Mukalel, MD, offers customized ketamine infusion therapy to help you find long-lasting relief from symptoms of a physical or mental health condition. Learn more about the benefits of ketamine infusion by calling the office or requesting a consultation online today.

Ketamine Infusion Q & A

What is ketamine?

The N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor is found in your brain and spinal cord. This receptor conducts and interprets signals for the brain to help your body function.

Ketamine is a direct inhibitor of the NMDA receptor, and low-dose infusions are effective in treating a number of chronic health conditions. Higher doses of ketamine are most often used for anesthetic purposes, such as during surgery.

Dr. Mukalel offers IV ketamine infusions, as this method is the most stable and offers the most consistent results. The slowly rising serum blood level is necessary for the regulation of NMDA receptors and for preventing serious side effects. Other forms of ketamine, such as oral lozenges and intranasal sprays, may not be as effective as IV infusions.

What conditions can be treated with ketamine?

Low-dose IV ketamine infusions are beneficial for addressing a number of treatment-resistant health conditions, including:

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Treatment plans depend on your condition and generally involve a series of infusions over several weeks. Dr. Mukalel customizes your treatment to your needs to ensure the best outcome.

For treatment-resistant depression infusions, Dr. Mukalel follows the Baylor College of Medicine guidelines for six, 40-minute infusions of 0.5mg/kg of ketamine over 3-6 weeks, with 4-6 week 40-minute boosters. The cost per 40-minute infusion is $200.

Infusions can be expensive, and Dr. Mukalel offers options to help cover the cost through payment plans and possibly billing insurance for certain insurance plans.

What can I expect during an infusion?

During an infusion, Dr. Mukalel typically combines ketamine with indirect NMDA inhibitors, neuromodulating peptides, and trace elements like:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Thiamine
  • Ketorolac
  • Lidocaine
  • Midazolam
  • Magnesium
  • Glutathione
  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • N-acetyl cysteine
  • Cyanocobalamin

Treatment is effective in both adults and teenagers, with minimal side effects. Ketamine has a short half-life and is also a respiratory stimulant that helps you keep breathing during treatment.

You’ll need to schedule time off from work for your infusion and bring along a loved one to take you home after your treatment.

Does ketamine have side effects?

Like any medication, there’s a possibility of side effects following your ketamine infusion therapy. Common side effects include:

  • Sweating
  • Salivation or secretions
  • Hypertension
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Bladder inflammation
  • Dissociative anesthesia

Hallucinations are rare with low-dose therapy. In high-dose therapy, there’s a risk for inflammation associated with the IV catheter, as well as bladder irritation.

Dr. Mukalel carefully monitors you both during and after treatment to ensure its effectiveness and your general health. 

If you’re interested in learning more about ketamine infusion therapy for depression or another health condition, schedule a consultation by calling the office of Jessen Mukalel, MD, or requesting an appointment online today.