Spravato® is a prescription medication used to treat treatment-resistant depression (TRD). TRD is a condition in which standard antidepressant medications have not been effective. Individuals who are interested in Spravato® treatment should be aware of potential side effects that may occur while taking the medication.
At New Directions Mental Health, we can provide professional, informative, and compassionate support for those considering Spravato® treatment services. Our team of experts will work with each individual to create a care plan, taking into consideration their specific needs and concerns. To see if Spravato® treatment suits you, please call us at 724.374.7414, and we can discuss Spravato® and its side effects in more detail.
What Is Spravato®?
Spravato® is a nasal spray medication that contains Esketamine, a derivative of the anesthetic ketamine. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019, Spravato® is specifically designed for individuals with treatment-resistant depression.
This means that it is intended for use by individuals who have not responded adequately to at least two different antidepressants of appropriate dose and duration in their current episode of depression.
It works differently from other antidepressants as it targets the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain, offering a new mechanism of action to address the symptoms of depression. Use of Spravato® requires medical supervision, and it is usually administered in a certified clinic, ensuring the individual’s safety and monitoring for potential side effects. Understanding Spravato® and its safety information is essential for those considering this treatment option.
Spravato® Side Effects
Like all medications, Spravato® may cause some side effects. These side effects can vary in intensity, from mild to severe, and not everyone who uses Spravato® experiences them. It is important to note that the benefits of using Spravato®, when recommended by a healthcare professional, usually outweigh the potential risks.
Here are some of the common side effects associated with Spravato®:
- A feeling of nausea or vomiting
- An increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- Unusual sensations such as dizziness, spinning sensation, or vertigo
- A feeling of anxiety or panic
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Disorientation or confusion
- Feeling tired or having a lack of energy
Please remember that this is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. If you experience any of these side effects or have concerns about any unusual symptoms, it is crucial to consult your healthcare professional immediately.
At New Directions Mental Health, we understand that everyone’s experience with Spravato® may be different, and we are here to address any concerns or questions you may have. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of care.
Are You a Candidate for Spravato® Treatment?
Several factors must be considered to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Spravato® treatment. These include:
- Your medical history, including any previous use of antidepressants and their effectiveness
- Any current medications you are taking, as they may interact with Spravato®
- Other medical conditions you may have, such as high blood pressure or heart problems
- Potential risks associated with the treatment, including side effects
Our New Directions Mental Health team will conduct a thorough assessment to determine if Spravato® is the right choice for you. We are committed to providing individualized care and finding the best treatment plan for each person we work with.
Contact New Directions Mental Health to Start Spravato® Treatment
If you want to learn more about Spravato® and its potential side effects, please contact New Directions Mental Health. We have been serving the Southwestern PA community with exceptional mental health care for almost 50 years.
If you have any questions or concerns about Spravato® side effects or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 724.374.7414. We are here to support you toward improved mental health and well-being.