Medication Management Services
At Transcend, we are open to any treatment as long as it is science-backed and it works. Many of our patients have taken psychiatric medications at some point in time or are currently taking one or multiple. Most of our patients would like it if they no longer needed to take medications anymore and for some conditions, we do see a large number of our clients no longer need to take a medication or be able to take less after undergoing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
But, it is important not to be biased that this is always the best approach for all clients. There are many patients that simply do better on one or several psychiatric medications.
For our patients who would benefit from taking a medication, we want to be able to make sure they are taking the right medication, at the right dosage, and as little medication as is required to achieve the desired effect.
At our clinic, we understand that getting better is a complex and nuanced process that often requires a multifaceted approach, sometimes that process includes the assistance of some standard psychiatric medications.
Medication can be a valuable tool in the treatment of various mental health disorders, from anxiety and depression to more complex conditions. However, medications efficacy are intertwined with their proper management. Ensuring the right dosage, monitoring side effects, understanding drug interactions, and regular evaluations to adjust prescriptions are all vital for the medication to serve its purpose effectively.
Transcend Health Solutions is staffed by a dedicated team of mental health professionals who are committed to your well-being. With years of experience and a passion for patient-centric care, you can trust us to guide you with empathy, expertise, and commitment.
If you are considering starting a medication as a part of your mental health journey, or if you're seeking guidance on managing your current medication, reach out to us. Transcend Health Solutions is here to guide, support, and walk alongside you as you move towards a brighter, healthier future.
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Ketamine is a very short acting medication. Generally speaking, any side effect experienced from Ketamine will be short-term and will subside after the infusion has stopped. It can be normal to have slight increases in blood pressure and heart rate during an infusion. A small percentage of patient do experience some nausea during or right after the infusion. Nausea, elevated blood pressure and heart rate are easily managed through IV medications during the session should these arise. Most patient who do not eat for three hours prior to the session, and keep their eyes closed or use eyeshades during the session, will not experience any nausea.
In high doses and or with very frequent administration Ketamine can be irritating to the bladder. For the purposes of facilitating KAP, doses of ketamine are low and most patients will only do one or two sessions per week. In this dosing and frequency there an extremely low risk of for developing bladder irritation caused by the administration of Ketamine. We have never had a patient develop bladder issues from this treatment at our clinic.
During your medical intake, we will determine if you need to alter your medication regime prior to treatment. There are only a few medications that should be altered prior to initiating treatment. For instance, stimulant medications, benzodiazepines, and medications like Lamictal may need to be held or adjusted prior to treatment.
We request that you don't eat a meal within 3 hours of the start of your appointment time.
After receiving a ketamine infusion, it is normal to feel slightly tired or loopy for several hours. It would be unsafe to drive after a session so we do require that you arrange a family/friend to pick you up or utilize a taxi or other ride service.
It is best to provide time to fully process the therapeutic content that may have been worked through in the session. We encourage our clients to journal and integrate in the time following the session.
At Transcend, it is our goal to have this treatment be a highly transformative, short term intervention for you.
One of the reasons to undergo the KAP process with a therapist vs. receiving Ketamine infusion or injection only is because most people are more able to avoid needing maintenance treatment longterm with KAP. When symptom reduction has occurred through the chemical effects of ketamine only, there is often a need to re-administer ketamine every 20-30 days to keep symptoms at bay. With KAP, symptom reduction is more often secondary to therapeutic progress which does not dwindle in time, and therefore maintenance treatments are often not required.
The majority of our clients will reach sub-clinical levels of distress after an average of 5-6 sessions. Most of our clients will discharge from our care after these sessions and won't need any form of maintenance therapy. Some people do benefit from revisiting KAP intermittently throughout the year following the initial series as needed to continue therapeutic progress but this is not the most common treatment plan at Transcend.
For chronic pain treatment, it is more difficult to keep baseline pain levels down and flair-ups without maintenance infusions ongoing. The majority of patients with chronic pain will do sessions every 30-90 days to keep the baseline pain levels reduced.
You can expect to be at the clinic for approximately 2 hours. There are many factors that influence the length of the infusion but most patients will receive a 35-50 minute ketamine infusion. Your Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy trained therapist and a registered nurse will be by your side throughout your entire time during the infusion. Your therapist will be with you before to help set goals for the session, during for guidance and processing, and after for continued therapy, integration, and reflection.
Have another question? Don't hesitate to reach out to us.