As an integrative psychiatrist, I have observed that the effectiveness of ketamine therapy goes beyond the chemical properties of the compound itself. The art and nuance of ketamine dosage play a critical role in the overall experience and success of the treatment.
Six Key Factors Influencing Ketamine Dosage
In my practice, I consider six main factors when determining the ideal ketamine dosage for each patient: age, experience with psychedelics, history of trauma, one's ability to "let go," body weight, and known history of sensitivity to medications. The form I use most in practice is intramuscular (IM) and dosing ranges below are given in that context.
Before diving into these factors, it is important to note that the information provided in this blog post should be used for general understanding and should not replace consultation with a qualified healthcare professional. Always consult with a medical professional before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment.
Age and Ketamine Dosage
A patient's age can influence their metabolism and sensitivity to ketamine. Generally, older individuals may require lower ketamine dosages or slower titration to minimize side effects and maximize therapeutic benefits.
Experience with Psychedelics: Navigating Altered States
Prior exposure to psychedelic substances can impact a person's response to ketamine. Those with previous experience may have a higher tolerance or be more comfortable navigating altered states of consciousness. In such cases, we may consider a slightly higher initial ketamine dosage.