Will I be treated as an outpatient?
Yes, the Neustart Ketamine Infusions are outpatient procedures and do not require hospital admission. If you are travelling some distance to our clinic, we can arrange comfortable accommodation nearby, although we expect you to have a trusted person accompanying you. If this is not possible, we may be able to make a suitable arrangement with our staff to be with you during your Ketamine Infusion experience.
Do I need a referral from a psychiatrist?
No. Although referrals from a mental health professional are welcomed and encouraged, an initial appointment with Dr Febres Landauro can determine if you are a suitable candidate for the Neustart Ketamine Infusion treatment. We will soon develop the most suitable Ketamine Infusion dose required for your personal needs.
Can all patients with depression be treated using the Neustart ketamine treatment?
No, in most cases, mild to moderate depression can be successfully treated with medication, counselling, and psychotherapy. The treatment of severe treatment-resistant depression is more complex, often requiring much higher levels of care. These can include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and now the Neustart infusion therapy — which is reserved for patients with severe depression that have not responded to conventional treatments.
How likely is my severe depression to respond to the Neustart ketamine infusion?
All patients we treat are considered to have treatment-resistant depression, meaning they have not responded to conventional medications and therapies. In many cases, the patients we see have not responded to alternative treatments such as ECT or TMS. Until we begin our treatment sessions, we are unable to predict who will respond well to Ketamine Infusion. However, our experience found around 80% of our patients experience significant mental improvement and no longer have suicidal thoughts. After the first five infusions, we will be able to determine if Ketamine is a suitable treatment or not.