Infusion Procedure

SONY DSC Once you arrive at our office you will be taken to the procedure room and seated in a reclining chair. There you will be given an oral anti-nausea medication. Then electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart.  A pulse oximeter will be placed on your finger to monitor the oxygen level in your blood and a cuff will be placed on your arm to monitor your blood pressure.  An intravenous line will be inserted in your arm through which the medication will be administered. Once the infusion begins the lights will be dimmed and relaxing music will be played. You are welcome to bring your own music if you wish. 

SONY DSCThe infusion itself lasts for about 45 minutes and there is an approximate 30-minute recovery period.  Most people find the experience to be pleasant and relaxing.  It typically only takes from 1 to 24 hours to notice an improvement in your depressive symptoms.  It is recommended that patients undergo 6 infusions over a two-week period in order to maximize the beneficial effects of the drug.  It is not recommended to vary from this treatment protocol but we can make some adjustments to fit your personal schedule. After the initial series of infusions further “booster” treatments are determined on a case-by-case basis but are usually needed anywhere from every 2 weeks to 3 months.

Richard L. Bowen, MD
217 Calhoun St., Unit 1
Charleston, SC 29401
Tel: 843-480-2273
Fax: 843-501-7698