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What is Spravato Treatment and Who can it Help?
January 12, 2023 at 5:00 AM
spravato treatment depression long island

Even as we return to a somewhat normal life after the height of the pandemic, mental health issues are still a problem worldwide.

And many who discovered they suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health illnesses may have difficulties grappling with continued symptoms of worry, sadness or fear.

Some may find they don’t respond well to traditional mental health programs. So what do you do if you don’t respond to traditional treatments for depression?

One path you can consider is spravato treatment. Spravato is an antidepressant used to lessen symptoms of depression, and it’s specifically effective for adults who don’t respond to traditional treatment plans. For example, if you are on an SSRI, use talk therapy and still notice your depression hasn’t improved, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about starting a spravato treatment plan.

But what is spravato? And how is it different from other medicines? Here at Long Island Ketamine Infusion, we believe in finding the right treatment method for your needs. If you want to learn more about spravato treatment to see if it’s right for you, read on!

What is spravato treatment?

Spravato treatment is a combination of a nasal spray and oral antidepressant. It’s particularly helpful for adults who have moderate to severe depression and have not found positive results with traditional treatment plans, like SSRI or talk therapy alone.

What does spravato treat?

Adults who suffer from moderate to severe chronic depression should consider using spravato treatments. It’s an alternative approach to managing mental health issues without resorting to more severe methods, like electrotherapy.

Are there any side effects?

Although side effects may or may not happen, and the severity can differ, there are some potential side effects to be aware of. More severe side effects include dissociation, or feeling disconnected from the world, and sedation or drowsiness. Less common side effects include dizziness, nausea, lack of energy or increase in energy and feeling anxious. Talk to your doctor if you want to try spravato treatments, but have concerns about these side effects.

How long does it take to feel a difference?

It depends on each person. Most clinical trial studies showed improvements within four weeks, but that may be greater or less for each individual. Some may not respond at all. That said, if you’ve tried other treatment methods and they have not been effective, it might be worth considering.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what’s best for your mental well-being. That said, no one needs to suffer or feel weighed down by chronic depression. And getting the right combination of medication and talk therapy can help.

We at Long Island Ketamine Infusion have a variety of treatment options for those wanting help with depression as well as other mental health struggles. If you’d like to learn more about our services, contact us today! We’d be happy to help.