Ketamine Infusion Therapy has about a 70% response rate for treatment resistant depression. While some patients start to improve after a few infusions, in our experience there are some who don’t start to show improvement until their 6th or 7th infusion. So if you are going to spend the time and money for this therapy it is recommended that you do at least 8 infusions to be certain whether it works for you or not. Dr. Sullivan has personally administered over 5000 infusions in the Cherry Hill office since 2016, and individualizes treatment and dosing for each patient. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists and Practitioners and is the primary author of the Standards of Practice.
IV ketamine treatment starts with a series of infusions twice a week for 3 weeks. If there is not significant improvement yet, we do 2 more in the 4th week. If you are not seeing improvement after 8 infusions it is unlikely that more will be of benefit. If you experience significant benefit earlier in the series, then we start to spread them out. We will monitor your progress to see how long you can go in between treatments and still maintain the benefits. Most patients tend to need maintenance infusions about once a month, with a common range between 3 and 6 weeks.
Some patients prefer to quietly relax and explore their mind and the unique perspectives that ketamine can provide. Others like to listen to music or a guided meditation. And patients with a history of PTSD or anxiety benefit greatly from doing therapy during their infusion (see the KAP section). Read our ketamine infusion therapy FAQ to learn more.
If you have Out-Of-Network benefits, you can request a superbill which you can submit to your insurance. Once your deductible is met, you may receive partial reimbursement for your treatment. You are responsible to pay for your treatment cost up front. We do not make any guarantees that you will get reimbursed by your insurance.