6 Things to Expect After a Ketamine Infusion: A Guide for Patients

6 Things to Expect After a Ketamine Infusion: A Guide for Patients

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Jason A. Duprat, MBA, CRNA

Jason A. Duprat, MBA, CRNA

October 2, 2023

Unveiling the Post-Infusion Mysteries: What to Expect After Ketamine Therapy

As a healthcare boss in the world of ketamine therapy, it’s crucial to be well-versed in not only the treatment process but also the post-infusion journey. After all, the psychedelic therapy experience doesn’t end when the IV ketamine therapy session concludes. Let’s dive into the six key things you should be informing your patients about to prepare them for what lies beyond the infusion.

1. The Aftermath of the Journey: Potential Fatigue

Patients may feel more tired after their ketamine infusion, especially if they’ve had a profound or challenging experience. The dosage you administer plays a significant role in this. Higher doses might lead to increased fatigue and potential side effects. It’s also worth noting that pre-infusion anxiety or exhaustion can amplify post-infusion tiredness. Encourage your patients to rest well before the treatment to ensure a more pleasant experience.

2. Dizziness: A Possible Side Effect

Depending on the patient’s response to ketamine and the dosage administered, they may experience dizziness or nausea post-infusion. Higher doses can lead to a slightly floaty feeling persisting for several hours after the treatment. It’s essential to keep an open line of communication with your patients regarding these potential side effects and to provide appropriate medication if nausea persists.

3. Emotional Vulnerability: An Expected Reaction

Ketamine infusions can sometimes lead to near-death experiences or confrontations with painful memories, leaving patients feeling emotionally raw. It’s crucial to prepare them for this possibility and to provide them with resources like an integration coach or therapist to help process these experiences. Encouraging activities like journaling can also help them unpack their emotions.

4. Confusion: A Common Outcome

During the infusion, patients may encounter experiences or visions that are hard to comprehend, leading to post-infusion confusion. This is perfectly normal, and it’s important to reassure your patients that these experiences serve a purpose in their healing journey. Having someone to confide in, like an integration coach or therapist, can help them make sense of their experience.

5. Post-Infusion Inspiration and Peace

Beyond the potential negative feelings, patients may also experience positive emotions such as peace and calmness. Encourage them to savor these feelings and use them as a catalyst for instilling good habits into their lifestyle.

6. Introspection: A Path to New Insights

Ketamine infusions can often lead to epiphanies and new insights, leaving patients feeling introspective. It’s important to note that the chances of these experiences depend on the dosage administered.

Ketamine doctors must set the tone for patients’ treatment journey. While it’s impossible to predict exactly how they will feel during the treatment, remind them to trust the process and be open to whatever happens.

Final Thoughts

Every patient’s experience is unique and depends on various factors like dosage, setting, and mindset. By preparing your patients for what to expect post-infusion, you can help them navigate their journey with confidence and ease.

To learn more how you can navigate the world of Ketamine, register for our free Ketamine Academy Masterclass and start learning your way to your successful clinic.

Hot Take

As healthcare bosses, our role doesn’t stop at administering ketamine treatment. It’s about guiding our patients through their entire journey, including the post-infusion phase.

By setting the right expectations and providing the necessary support, we can ensure a more positive and transformative experience for our patients.

Jason A. Duprat, MBA, CRNA

Jason A. Duprat, MBA, CRNA


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