Ketamine Specialist

Sandhya Prashad, M.D. -  - Psychiatry - Depression Specialist

Houston Deep TMS Therapy & Ketamine

Sandhya Prashad, M.D.

Psychiatry - Depression Specialist located in Bellaire, TX

Ketamine infusion is one of today’s most innovative therapies for depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. It’s also an exceptional option for improving treatment for refractory depression. Sandhya Prashad, MD, at Houston Deep TMS Therapy, personally oversees every aspect of your ketamine treatment, from customizing each infusion for maximum response to daily tracking of treatment effectiveness. If you need to schedule ketamine treatments, call the office in Bellaire, Texas, or book an appointment online.

Ketamine Q & A

What is ketamine?

High doses of the drug ketamine are used as an anesthetic during surgery. When it’s used in low doses, it provides two other benefits: it relieves pain and balances brain chemicals associated with psychiatric disorders.

What psychiatric conditions are treated with ketamine?

Ketamine effectively improves symptoms caused by:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Treatment refractory depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Studies show that ketamine is exceptionally effective for treatment of refractory depression and recurrent suicidal thoughts. It may also improve symptoms in treatment refractory anxiety.

How does ketamine treat psychiatric disorders?

Ketamine balances the activity of a neurotransmitter called glutamate. When glutamate levels are restored, your symptoms improve.

Ketamine is safe and works quickly. Following an intravenous infusion, patients typically notice a positive response within a day.

How is ketamine administered?

Although ketamine may be administered in several ways, intravenous (IV) infusion is the only delivery method proven to work.

When you come to Houston Deep TMS Therapy for an IV ketamine infusion, your treatment is administered in a private room and is personally overseen by Dr. Prashad.

She stays in the room during your treatment to monitor your heart, vital signs, your tolerance of the treatment and your response to it. Your dose is always individualized, with ongoing changes made as necessary throughout your infusion session.

The ketamine infusion lasts 40 minutes, but you can expect to be at the office for 90 minutes. You may notice vision changes and feelings of lightheadedness or floating during treatment. Otherwise, patients typically don’t experience side effects.

How many ketamine infusions will I need?

Your initiation phase consists of six infusions spaced out over two weeks. You’ll know whether ketamine is producing positive results after the first one or two infusions. Dr. Prashad closely tracks your improvement and adjusts treatment as needed.

After your first six infusions, you’ll receive ongoing infusions to maintain your results. Most patients undergo treatment every three to five weeks until they have six additional IV infusions. After that, the frequency of maintenance sessions is determined by each patient’s response.

Most patients find that their results last from weeks to months. Dr. Prashad often administers a single booster infusion when the effects begin to wear off, which may be enough to maintain your improvement.

Dr. Prashad uses software to track your ongoing symptoms and treatment effectiveness. The software sends a daily text, so the doctor can collect information about your mood and use it to determine your dose and when you’ll need a maintenance infusion.

Whether you suffer from treatment-resistant depression, bipolar depression, or any other psychiatric disorder, call Houston Deep TMS Therapy to learn whether ketamine infusion is a good option for you.