Psychedelic Therapy Now Available In Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue
Ketamine - A Legal Psychedelic Solution
Ketamine is a safe, effective, and legal NMDA receptor antagonist that interacts with glutamate, the most abundant neurotransmitter in your brain. Research has proven that ketamine re-establishes and strengthens neural connections via dendrites—microscopic, spine-like structures that send and receive information.
Currently, ketamine is the only psychedelic medication legally available for the treatment of mental health conditions. With over 20 years’ experience and research, we have refined the use of ketamine in treatment of mental health disorders. At Northwest Ketamine Clinics, over 86% of our patients experience at least a 50% reduction in mental health symptoms including depression within days of beginning treatment. Ketamine has transformed our expectations for new medications to treat mental health. With people experiencing results in as little as six hours, instead of more than six weeks of treatment with other medications, Ketamine is quickly becoming the gold standard medication for treatment resistant depression and other disorders and has raised the bar for all medications to follow.
How Can Ketamine Help You?
How Can Ketamine Help You?
We use ketamine infusions to treat depression, anxiety, suicidality, PTSD, chronic pain, and other difficult-to-treat mood conditions.
At lower doses, it helps guide you beyond the superficial layers of your everyday mind and heal unhealthy neural pathways. It enables you to achieve the clarity you want to live the life you deserve. Our nurses and therapists guide you along this journey. We are with you every step along the way.
Its healing power activates within just hours, providing a quick and effective way to reconsider your life choices and reorient your direction.
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Conditions We Treat
Ketamine is a proven, reliable, and powerful support to people suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or neuropathic pain.
Whether you’re seeking to remove suffering when other medications haven’t worked, or you simply want a breakthrough treatment that will remove the blocks preventing you from living your best life, ketamine can work for you.
If current treatments aren’t providing the level of symptom relief you are seeking, ketamine may be the breakthrough that helps optimize your current treatment and achieve the success you seek.
The Ketamine Experience
Ketamine produces a pleasant sense of disconnection from one’s ordinary reality and usual self.
Ketamine experiences are unique and may induce or enhance feelings of creativity, purpose, perspective, serenity, insight, inspiration, gratitude, empathy, connection with others and the world, openness to new ideas, psychological rebirth, and traveling outside of one’s self, among others. You may also experience visual, auditory, and other sensory effects.
Occasional, more intense experiences arise. Our experienced team is by your side to guide and support you throughout all infusions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does ketamine treatment have to be intravenous?
IV ketamine is the gold standard, and nothing has been proven to work as well as the intravenous route. Chances of success with IV ketamine are higher than with any other route.
Although ketamine can be administered orally, intranasally, and intramuscularly—research has found that these aren’t as effective as intravenous. With these methods, much of the drug is reduced by the liver before it can reach the brain and take effect.
With protocols that have been developed over years of meticulous research based on thousands of patient experiences, IV ketamine is by far the preferred method of administration to achieve maximum benefit from treatment.
Because IV ketamine is almost 100% available to the brain, we are able to give lower doses to achieve the same result as higher doses given via other routes, exposing you to the lowest possible effective dose, and fewer potential side effects than other methods..
What are the benefits of ketamine?
According to research studies, approximately 70-80% of patients feel significant improvement in depression and chronic pain symptoms. Many even experience full resolution of their symptoms.
The onset of this relief typically comes within hours or days of treatment (not weeks, as with other medications). Patients frequently describe increased normalcy in their ability to function even before other symptoms are resolved.
These effects typically last for several weeks, although some patients report experiencing complete relief of depressed symptoms for extended periods. Our programs include six infusions (for mood) or four infusions (for pain). Booster and maintenance infusions are on an individual schedule but typically involve a single infusion every 6-12 weeks.
What are the risks?
When administered by skilled hands, ketamine is an extremely safe medication. Short-term side effects may include small increases in blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and visual misperceptions. These can typically be resolved with medication during the treatment session.
Research over a span of over 20 years has not shown any significant long-term side effects from repeated ketamine infusions, even from higher doses used in Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (CRPS).
What medical conditions would prevent me from qualifying for ketamine treatment?
Medically, very few people fail to qualify for ketamine treatment. Some conditions, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, may require tight medical control before treatment begins.
Patients on a class of medication known as MAOIs should use caution or avoid ketamine. Due to a lack of research, we cannot offer treatment at this time for people with a history of psychosis.
Do you accept insurance?
We are out of network with insurance carriers but we are happy to check your out-of-network benefits and provide a rough estimate of any reimbursement you could qualify for.
See our Insurance page for more details.
Do I need to stop taking medications before beginning treatment?
No, our medical staff will review your medications with you prior to treatment and advise you, but it is very uncommon for any changes to be suggested prior to starting ketamine.
Do I need a referral?
We strive to remove barriers and make the process of starting your ketamine treatment simple and painless. At Northwest Ketamine Clinics, there are two ways to begin treatment:
Get a referral from your doctor or mental health provider and complete our online health history
Or, schedule an appointment with our clinic for a wellness visit and assessment with our experienced nurse practitioners and find out if you are a candidate for intravenous ketamine
Can I pay as I go?
We offer finance programs including 6 months same as cash/ deferred interest programs as well as longer-term financing with affordable monthly payment plans through our lending partners Care Credit and United Medical Credit. Payment is required prior to beginning treatment but balances for unused sessions may be refunded if treatment is discontinued for any reason.