IV Infusions

Long Island Ketamine Center

Internal Medicine & Ketamine Infusion Specialist located in Great Neck, NY

No one likes the thought of an IV (intravenous) infusion, but many times it’s the best way to ensure you quickly get the full dose of medication your body needs to relieve pain and heal health problems. Ebrahim Sadighim, MD, at Long Island Ketamine Center in Great Neck, New York, has special expertise in administering IV infusions, and he puts great effort into making sure your experience is comfortable and relaxing, even for patients with needle phobia. If you need to schedule an IV infusion, call the office or request an appointment today.

IV Infusions Q & A

What is an IV infusion?

An IV infusion is a treatment method that delivers fluids directly into your bloodstream. During emergency treatment, medications are quickly pushed through an IV. By comparison, an IV infusion is purposefully delivered slowly over time.

What health conditions are treated with an IV infusion?

The fluid administered through an IV infusion may contain medications, nutrients, blood or blood products, or a simple hydrating solution. As a result, an IV infusion can be used to promote optimal health, prevent nutrient deficiencies, and treat many different acute and chronic health conditions.

At Long Island Ketamine Center, IV infusions containing ketamine are used to treat a variety of health concerns.
IV infusions of ketamine treat chronic pain conditions such as:

  • Low back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Ketamine also effectively treats psychological conditions such as:

  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Major depression
  • Bipolar depression
  • Treatment-resistant depression

Ketamine infusions for any condition are usually administered in a series of five or six infusions over the course of two weeks.

How should I prepare for an IV infusion?

You don’t need to do much to prepare for an IV infusion. Though few medications interact with ketamine, Dr. Sadighim carefully reviews your medications and lets you know if you need to make changes before your IV infusion. He also asks you to avoid eating or drinking for several hours before your appointment.

Otherwise, you only need to wear comfortable clothes and bring along items that will keep you comfortable, such as your own pillow or blanket. You can also bring along a book, smartphone, or other electronics if you want to listen to music, catch up on email, or play video games.

What should I expect during an IV infusion?

During your treatment, you sit in a comfortable chair, and Dr. Sadighim or a technician inserts a needle into a peripheral vein. They usually use a vein on an arm or hand, but it depends on where they can find a prominent vein.

Then you relax while your medication slowly infuses into your bloodstream. Your infusion may last one to four hours, depending on the medication and the underlying condition.

Dr. Sadighim closely supervises you throughout your IV infusion, so help is immediately available if you develop side effects or have any questions.

To learn more about IV infusions or to schedule an appointment, call Long Island Ketamine Center or request an appointment today.