Ketamine Infusions

Pacific Pain Physicians

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Barbara, CA & San Luis Obispo, CA

Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that has been used in medical and surgical settings for decades. Pacific Pain Physicians, in Santa Barbara, California, offers ketamine infusion therapy to address chronic pain and depression with smaller doses of the drug, delivered slowly through intravenous (IV) drip. Call Pacific Pain Physicians or schedule a consultation online today to find out if ketamine infusions are right for you.

Ketamine Infusions Q & A


What is a ketamine infusion?

Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that provides relief for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD), migraines, and other chronic pain conditions via small doses delivered through an IV infusion. Ketamine infusions are an alternative to narcotic and opioid medicines and are often useful for chronic pain conditions that haven’t responded to other treatments.

Ketamine stimulates your neurotransmitter production and brain activity, including glutamate production. Glutamate is an amino acid found in most of your neurons, which is critical to the formation and function of your brain. Glutamate imbalance is associated with major depressive disorder as well as a malfunction in the pain receptors of your brain.

What conditions improve with ketamine infusions?

Pacific Pain Physicians offer ketamine infusions to relieve several painful conditions, including:

  • Migraines
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Spinal injuries

Ketamine infusions are also used to alleviate treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine boosts your neurotransmitter production and function, addressing the imbalances that lead to depression and other mood disorders more quickly than traditional oral antidepressants and without unwanted side effects like weight gain and libido loss. 

What should I expect during a ketamine infusion?

A ketamine infusion takes approximately an hour. You should avoid eating for four hours before your appointment. Make sure to tell your doctor about any other medications, vitamins, or supplements you take.

While you relax in a comfortable armchair, your doctor inserts your IV and prepares your drip. Depending on your condition, your doctor may also use other monitors to measure your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygenation during your treatment.

You may experience tingling, floating, or dream-like sensations during your infusion. These effects wear off soon after your treatment is complete. After your treatment is over, you relax in the Pacific Pain Physicians offices while any side effects of the medication subside.

While you may experience immediate relief of your symptoms after just one ketamine infusion, your physician creates a customized schedule of ketamine infusion therapy to provide lasting relief.

If you live with a chronic pain condition that hasn’t improved with other treatments, call Pacific Pain Physicians or schedule a consultation online today to find out if ketamine therapy is right for you.