If you struggle with depression that doesn’t improve even after taking antidepressant medications, SPRAVATO® may be the solution you need. Sibyl Simon, MD, and the professional team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America specialize in treating depression with several medical and alternative options, including SPRAVATO, a medication that produces fast results and long-lasting improvement in your depression. To learn if you’re a good candidate for SPRAVATO, call the office in Coral Springs, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.
SPRAVATO is a nasal spray that contains a medication called esketamine. After you spray the medication into your nose, it’s absorbed through the nasal lining and goes directly into your bloodstream. From there it quickly enters your brain to treat your depression.
The United States Food and Drug Administration approved SPRAVATO for adults with treatment-resistant depression. SPRAVATO is also administered together with an oral antidepressant.
You’re considered to be treatment-resistant when your depression doesn’t improve after taking several courses of antidepressants. About 30% of adults who take antidepressants don’t respond to their medications.
SPRAVATO is classified as an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist. NMDA antagonists relieve depression by balancing the levels of a neurotransmitter called glutamate.
Other antidepressant medications also affect glutamate, but they follow an indirect pathway that takes weeks to produce results if they lead to symptom improvement.
By comparison, SPRAVATO directly affects glutamate, allowing it to produce quick results and improve your depression when other antidepressants have failed.
The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America offers comprehensive mental health care, performing a psychological assessment, and recommending the best treatment for your depression.
If you haven’t already tried antidepressants, they prescribe medications and schedule regular appointments to monitor your progress. Once your provider determines your depression isn’t improving with antidepressants, they may recommend SPRAVATO.
Most patients are good candidates for SPRAVATO. However, you may not be able to take it if you have certain vascular conditions or you’re hypersensitive to esketamine or ketamine.
You can only take SPRAVATO when you’re in the office. Your provider at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America shows you how to administer the medication, you spray it into your nose, and then you relax in the treatment room.
Your provider closely monitors you for two hours after you take SPRAVATO. This extra care is essential due to the medication’s potential side effects, such as changes in blood pressure, sleepiness, dizziness, anxiety, and nausea.
SPRAVATO may also cause dissociation, which is a feeling that you’re disconnected from time or your own thoughts and feelings.
After you’re cleared to leave the office, you’ll need someone to drive you home. You should avoid any activity that requires coordination or mental alertness until the next day.
If you suffer from ongoing depression, call Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America or schedule an appointment online.