Posted by JohnLA on February 17, 2012, at 19:09:10
In reply to Re: ketamine dosage » JohnLA, posted by ed_uk2010 on February 17, 2012, at 13:50:12
hey ed, scott and all others (phillipa :))
i have a good friend who is a orthopedic surgeon. he uses ketamine quite a bit with his pediatric and elderly patients when doing surgery. so, the 'urban myth' that it's a horse tranquilizer isn't 100% correct. at least not here in the usa...
and! i did finally get thru to my old shock doc at ucla. not a $1000 per shot, but $1200 per shot! yeah, it's a lot of money. lots of reasons for the big bucks; doc, anesthesiologist, and a nurse. plus, they keep you there for a few hours after.
i'm going in for a consult first, which is covered by my insurance. the ketamine though is not. his nurse said that some people have come in for one and and a few have gotten as many as 3 to 4 'treatments.' she could and would not elaborate what kind of results these people were getting.
as i said earlier, i have made a appointment for next month down in san diego with a neurologist who works with psychs who prescribe it as a nasal spray or sublingually. she charges an initial $400, but after that it's a 15 min meeting every few months, if the stuff ends-up working. oh yeah, she also expects you to stay in the san diego area for at least a week to figure out dosing. luckily i have a good friend i can stay with down there. not sure what that will all cost. but, the nasal spray is about $40 to $60. also not sure what the sublingual ketamine cost is, but she mentioned it is 'not expensive.' she seemed to suggest that both treatments were not a daily dosing deal. that would keep price down too.
i'm leaning towards trying the iv at least once. i do like the doc. his name is dr espinoza. you can look him up at ucla and even on youtube. the guy is highly respected.
again, i will keep you all posted as this plays out.
thanks again for the good wishes.