A medication management psychiatrist’s overview of Spravato
September 14, 2021at7:00 AM
When you’re at a stalemate with depression, it’s easy to give up hope. However, there are solutions out there. Where conventional treatments fail, treatments like Spravato succeed. Staying current with medication is why a psychiatrist for medication management is critical. Luckily, at Synchronous Mental Health, we’re the premier mental health service provider. We synthesize quality and convenience into unrivaled telehealth services.
Here’s an overview of Spravato:
What is Spravato?
Spravato is a prescription nasal spray taken in conjunction with oral antidepressants. It requires medical supervision, so it’s advisable to have a psychiatrist help with medication management.
Spravato is used to treat those with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) who suffer from suicidal thoughts or actions. Spravato provides relief from depression in mere hours. Esketamine is made out of ketamine.
However, esketamine has a higher potency. Higher potency means it requires lower doses to realize benefits, which also means fewer side effects. Spravato therapy varies depending on the patient. Treatment involves 3 self-administered doses of nasal spray, with 5-minute intervals in between.
If you have any questions about Spravato and what it is, we have the answers. We’ll gladly provide an assessment to see if this treatment is right for you!
How does Spravato work?
Spravato works differently than other antidepressants, so consulting with a psychiatrist for medication management is crucial.
Traditional antidepressants increase the amounts of naturally occurring chemicals in your brain like dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters facilitate interaction and communication among brain cells, and they regulate and affect our moods.
Increased levels of these chemical messengers optimize brain cell communication, which positively impacts your mood. However, it’s estimated that 33% of people with depression don’t respond to these antidepressants.
Esketamine targets glutamate, which is your brain’s most plentiful neurotransmitter. Glutamate regulates learning and memory, and as its level rises, it ‘excites’ cells in your brain.
This excited state encourages your brain to learn, memorize, and acclimate to this excited state,