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Andro Giorgadze, MD

Dr. Giorgadze is a double Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in ketamine therapy and clinical research.

Dr. Giorgadze received Psychiatry training at Emory University in 2005 and has been involved in clinical research investigating new promising treatments for Depression, Bipolar disorder , ADHD, Schizophrenia and OCD. 

While doing clinical research on Ketamine in 2011-2014 , Dr. Giorgadze observed significant benefits of ketamine in the treatment of Depression and started offering this therapy to clients outside of research in 2012.

Since then, Dr. Giorgadze has successfully treated thousands of patients with treatment resistant depression.

You can easily schedule a consultation using the link: Appointment Request

 

Ketamine Treatment - Commonly Asked Questions

Indications

  •  Major Depressive disorder

  •  Chronic Depression , e.g when there are ongoing depressive symptoms over 2 years - Depression not  responding to standard antidepressants treatments

  •  Inability to take standard antidepressants due to side effects

  •  PTSD - post-traumatic stress disorder

  •  Anxiety Disorder

  •  Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Contra-Indications

  •  Current manic or psychotic symptoms

  •  Hx of severe psychotic episodes

  •  Current serious substance abuse issues

  •  Intent to get pregnant in the near future

  •  Unstable epilepsy -  frequent, severe seizures

  •  Unstable heart conditions and severe unstable hypertension ( patient with severe and unstable heart conditions must receive a clearance from cardiologist )

Side Effects

  •  Short-term - lasting no more than a few hours: sedation, fatigue, limited concentration, nausea,  dizziness, impaired coordination

  •  Longer-term- lasting a few days: restlessness, insomnia, vivid dreams, feeling energized, increase in  anxiety and mood fluctuations

  •  Very short-term- lasting a few minutes: dream-like states of mind, feeling detached from one’s body,  perceptual changes, imaging colorful shapes, intensification of sounds or lights, sensitivity to noises,  feeing spiritual connections, feeling like melting away, slowed down breathing, elevation of blood  pressure, dry mouth, feeing numb

Mechanism of Action

  •  The exact mechanism of action is unknown. Current theory is that ketamine treatments when done  repeatedly stimulate growth of neurons and connections between neurons — this process is called  neurogenesis

  •  Other mechanisms of actions including psychotherapeutic are possible

 

 Treatment Protocol

  •  Usually, six initial treatment are recommenced over a period of 3-4 weeks

  •  This may result in complete resolution of symptoms which is called remission

  •  Some patients with severe or chronic depressive symptoms may require additional treatments

  •  Some patients benefit from ongoing maintenance treatment after initial six treatments , frequency is established on a case by case basis

  • Ketamine could be delivered in several different ways . The most effective way is a slow intravenous infusion which provides maximum dose flexibility and control over the experience. Intra-muscular injection lacks the precision , smoothness and control of an intravenous infusion. 

  • Nasal ketamine and lozenges could be an option for patients who need long- term ketamine therapy. 

Why choose our center 

  • Dr. Giorgadze is the most experienced provider of Ketamine Treatment in Georgia 

  • Direct physician involvement in all stages of treatment 

  • Psychiatric expertise necessary to balance ketamine therapy with other psychiatric treatments 

  • Ease of scheduling appointments - both consultations and treatment are usually available within a week

  • Easy access to the physician 

Ketamine treatment cost - $350 per 1 hour treatment.

If you have any questions, please email to androg@gmail.com
 

Additional Resources: 

TV interview showing an actual patient getting a treatment.