Ketamine was FDA approved for use in anesthesia practice in 1970 . It works on several brain areas involved in symptoms of depression, suicidal ideation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Postpartum Depression (PPD), and numerous pain syndromes.

It has recently been approved in nasal form by the FDA for depression, and may be available to our patients in the near future. We are currently providing IV infusions of Ketamine only, which is still an off label use of the drug.

Ketamine, like all medications, does have some side effects, that include dizziness, blurred vision, and rarely, nausea. We provide anti-nausea, and pre medications, as appropriate, as well a quiet space for treatments to minimize side effects.

Treatment induction includes 6 one 45-60 minute sessions spread over a 2-3 week period. Research has shown this regimen to be the most effective induction method. Patients typically feel effects within the first 4 treatments, and are recommended to continue their regular care with a mental health practitioner, as well as their current drug regimen. Additionally, ketamine booster infusions are generally needed periodically following the induction treatment to maintain relief.

“In the last decade, there has been mounting evidence that up to 80% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression have benefited from Ketamine infusions.”

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain or lives with a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, OCD, anxiety, or depression but antidepressants or prescription medications haven’t provided relief, you may benefit from ketamine infusion therapy with the team at Avesta Ketamine and Wellness. At our offices in McLean, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington DC our team proudly offers this safe, and effective, non physically addictive treatment. To request an appointment, call the office nearest you, or book online today.

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What is ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a state-of-the-art, therapeutic approach to treating depression, anxiety, and chronic pain disorders such as migraines and fibromyalgia. A number of scientific studies, including those conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Yale University, show that low-dose, IV ketamine infusion therapy can dramatically improve the symptoms associated with these disorders.

If you’ve tried prescription pain medicine or antidepressants without achieving the results you desire, ketamine infusion therapy provides a safe, effective, and non-addictive treatment option that boasts a higher success rate than many traditional treatment methods.

Who is a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy?

Generally, anyone who struggles with mental health disorders is a good candidate for ketamine infusion therapy. We do require that patients have a confirmed diagnosis of a mental health condition and are currently under the care of a provider for treatment.

To determine if you are a good candidate for treatment, schedule a consultation with our office. Following your consultation and thorough examination, we will work with your doctor to determine the best treatment for you.

How many ketamine infusion therapy treatments will I need?

Our team starts all new patients on a series of treatments spread out over the course of 2-3 weeks. Depending on how you respond, you may benefit from a few additional session before moving into the Maintenance phase of your treatment. Our team tailors a treatment plan for you based on your unique needs and medical history.

What to expect

Prior to your treatment, it is important that you do not consume any food at least 5-6 hours before your appointment and no drink at least 1-2 hours before. You will not be able to drive after your appointment for the rest of the day, so please arrange for transportation on the day of your appointment. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing that allows us to easily access your arms for treatment.

Ketamine is administered intravenously over a period of 40 minutes. You will remain awake during treatment but in a state of extreme relaxation. You will be monitored during treatment for your safety and comfort. Patients sometimes report an ‘out of body’ experience of a sensation of ‘dreaminess.’ These feelings fade 20 minutes after treatment.

Some side effects of treatment include dizziness, blurred vision, and sometimes nausea.


Many patients report an improvement in mood and general well being after the first few treatments. It is not uncommon for patients to feel relief within several hours of their first infusion.

The length of your results will vary for each individual and can last for several months. Following your initial series of treatments, we can work with you to begin a maintenance program if necessary.

Is ketamine infusion therapy better than other types of ketamine treatment?

It depends on your definition of “better”. Ketamine infusion therapy enters your bloodstream directly, and is thus 100% bioavailable. An infusion also allows your Avesta provider to increase or decrease the dosage and infusion rate based on your symptoms.

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