Boise Ketamine Institute provides infusions as a simple outpatient procedure. First, patients are given a free consultation to determine whether this treatment may benefit and be safe for you. After that, we will schedule you for your first treatment, and subsequent treatments, over the next 2 to 3 week period. This is an off-label use of Ketamine, meaning that the FDA has not approved this medication for this use. However, its safety and effectiveness have been demonstrated in multiple research studies, and off-label prescribing is a common and necessary practice in all fields of medicine.
Unlike most commonly prescribed oral anti-depressant medications that take weeks to months to begin working, Ketamine infusions yield results within hours to days. Most patients will know within hours after their 1st infusion whether or not they are responding. Also, unlike commonly prescribed medications for depression, most patients have no side effects in between Ketamine infusions.
Eric Melbihess, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist with 17 years experience. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center before moving to Boise to pursue a career in private practice. He has training in all areas of anesthesia including the safe administration of sedative hypnotic drugs such as ketamine.
Boise Ketamine Institute was co-founded by Dr. Melbihess to help those suffering with severe mood disorders and chronic pain. We strive to help our patients find relief.