IV Ketamine

Integrative and Functional Medicine & TeleMedicine Provider located in Lewisville, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Albuqueque, NM and Miami, FL

IV Ketamine


Ketamine is an innovative treatment for conditions like depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Apex Integrative Medicine, PLLC, is soon establishing an office in Lewisville, Texas, and provides telehealth services in Miami, Albuqueque and Las Vegas. Experienced nurse practitioner Miklos Major, ScD, DNP, NP-BC, will administer intravenous (IV) ketamine to patients as he closely monitors their well-being. Ketamine can transform lives for many people who struggle with chronic mental health conditions and pain, and it takes effect almost immediately. The practice currently sees patients through telehealth, and IV ketamine will be available in the new office. Call Apex Integrative Medicine, PLLC, or click online scheduling to learn more now.

IV Ketamine Q & A

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a drug that was first introduced in 1970 as an FDA-approved rapid-acting general anesthetic for use during surgery.

Ketamine was originally used for battlefield surgery during the Vietnam War. While effective as an anesthetic, doctors and patients soon noticed some beneficial side effects. 

People who suffered from depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders experienced relief for their symptoms after surgery. This symptom relief kicked in quickly and lasted even after the anesthetic wore off. 

Since that time, more and more medical professionals have begun prescribing ketamine “off-label” for mental health disorders as well as chronic pain.

Ketamine is administered intravenously in most cases. 


What can IV ketamine treat?

The main use of IV ketamine is rapid relief of treatment-resistant depression. If you’ve tried several antidepressants that don’t seem to work, or you experience unpleasant side effects with antidepressants, IV ketamine can set you free. 

While antidepressants take weeks (or longer) to start working, and you might have to try many different ones, ketamine goes to work within hours. 

Additionally, ketamine can provide relief for people with: 

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance use disorder

Studies show that IV ketamine can also quickly help people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, and people who have actually attempted suicide. 

Ketamine is widely considered one of the biggest breakthroughs in depression treatment in more than 50 years, and its transformative effects are offering new hope to more people every day.


Why is IV ketamine better than other forms of the drug? 

When you take ketamine orally, you absorb only around 29% of the drug, known as its bioavailability. You lose the rest of it through the digestion process. Intranasal ketamine is only somewhat better, at 45% bioavailability. 

With IV ketamine, however, you get 100% of the drug’s effects because it’s delivered straight to your bloodstream. IV ketamine also takes effect faster. 

When IV ketamine is available at Apex Integrative Medicine, PLLC, your experienced provider will oversee the entire process and monitor you throughout. This gives you a feeling of safety and relaxation that might be lacking with oral or intranasal ketamine. 

Apex Integrative Medicine, PLLC, will soon offer IV ketamine, IV vitamin infusions, bioidentical hormone pellet insertion, and more in their new office. Call the practice or book your telemedicine appointment online now.

* IV ketamine is not yet FDA-approved for mental health disorders or chronic pain.