Patients must have a companion present to drive them home and remain nearby for 8-12 hours after the procedure.
Although nausea is unlikely, it is suggested to not eat solid food and, except for blood pressure meds, skip pills the morning of the procedure.
Initial vital signs and any new mood symptoms will be reviewed with Dr. Northrup. The injection will then be administered by the doctor, typically in the arm muscle. The procedure includes about 30 minutes of physician directed post-injection mental status monitoring as well as a recheck of vital signs before being discharged home with the companion/driver. Patients will be expected to fill out a post-procedure mood evaluation form the day following the injection to help determine response. Patients can return to normal activities the following morning.