Ketamine Treatment Consent Form
Permission to Use Ketamine as a Treatment for Depression
Ketamine is a drug that calms and relaxes the body. It is approved by the FDA is for use in adults and for anesthesia and as a pain reliever during medical procedures. It generally does not impact your breathing. Ketamine’s use for treatment of depression or other mental illnesses is off-label and has not been approved by the FDA.
Why Is Ketamine Being Recommended for Me?
Clinical experience shows that ketamine may be used to treat depression in a helpful manner. A number of studies have shown giving ketamine can improve depression. When administered by vein over a period of about 45 minutes (called an infusion), ketamine may help depression improve rather quickly but it may last only a few days. A series of infusions is used so that the improvement last much longer. While the goal is improvement of depression, results cannot be guaranteed.
What Will Be Done?
What Safety Precautions Must I Take?
- I may not eat or drink after midnight before each of the infusions.
- I may NOT drive a car, operate hazardous equipment, or engage in hazardous activities for 24 hours after each treatment as reflexes may be slow or impaired. Another adult will need to drive me home.
- I must refrain from alcohol or other substances prior to treatment infusions.
- I must tell the clinic about all medications I am taking, especially narcotic pain relievers or barbiturates.
- In order to qualify to receive ketamine therapy,I will require medical clearance and must share with my ketamine provider the contact information for the doctor or doctors who are treating my depression or anxiety or other psychiatric symptoms.
- If I experience a side effect while I am at home, I should contact the doctor who is providing me ketamine (Dr. Fleming at 719-439-7532), my primary care doctor, call 911 or go to my local emergency room.
What Are the Side Effects of Ketamine?
When Ketamine is used as an anesthetic agent the following are listed as side effects:
- Fast, irregular or low heart beats
- Increased or decreased blood pressure
- Dreams that may seem real
- Irritation or excitement when waking up
- Increased saliva or thirst
- Lack of appetite
- Metallic taste
- Floating sensation (“out-of-body”)
- Breathing problems
Twitching, muscle jerks, and muscle tension
- Blurry or double vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Risk of drug addiction or dependence
Rare side effects of ketamine are:
- Allergic reactions
- Pain at site of injection
- Increase in pressure inside the eye
- Ulcerations and inflammation in the bladder
- Involuntary eye movements
- Low mood or suicidal thoughts
Side effects of receiving an IV are:
- Mild discomfort at the site of placement
Important Notices and Agreements:
- Ketamine Infusion Therapy Is Not A Comprehensive Treatment For Depression, Anxiety Or Any Psychiatric Symptoms
Your ketamine infusions are meant to augment (add on to, not be used in place of) comprehensive psychiatric treatment. We advise you to be (and I agree to be) under the care of a qualified mental health professional (or an internal medicine or family physician with experience and skill in treating psychiatric illnesses) while receiving ketamine infusions, and for the duration of your psychiatric symptoms. Unless otherwise agreed to, Dr. Fleming will not be the provider of these services. Follow up medications may be suggested but these will be the responsibility of my treating physician.
- Special Note On Suicidal Ideation
Psychiatric illnesses (especially, depression) carry the risk of suicidal ideation (thoughts of ending one’s life). Any such thoughts you may have now, at any time during the weeks of your ketamine infusions, or at any point in the future, which cannot immediately be addressed by visiting with a mental health professional should prompt you to seek emergency care at an ER or to call 911.
- Ketamine Use During Pregnancy Is Not Generally Recommended.