Long-Term Benefits of Spravato: Maintaining Remission and the Fight Against Relapse

September 26, 2023 by Steve Suntala

Mental health has taken center stage in healthcare discussions, and rightly so. With the rising incidence of depressive disorders, it’s crucial to understand and explore every depression treatment available. Enter Spravato treatments – a revolutionary approach that’s been a game-changer for countless patients, especially those with treatment-resistant depression.

Introducing Spravato

Spravato, or esketamine nasal spray, is a novel antidepressant medication. Unlike traditional antidepressants, it’s derived from ketamine, a substance historically used in anesthesia. In a nasal spray form, it’s administered under the guidance of a healthcare provider in a certified Spravato treatment center. The promise of Spravato lies in its ability to offer rapid relief from severe depression symptoms, even when other treatments have failed.

While traditional antidepressants often target serotonin or norepinephrine pathways, esketamine therapy affects the NMDA receptors in the brain. By doing so, it helps restore disrupted neural connections often seen in depressive disorders. When these connections begin to mend, many patients notice a decrease in their depressive symptoms. Clinical trials have shown that, when combined with an oral antidepressant, Spravato nasal spray can significantly reduce the risk of relapse.

Understanding the Administration of Spravato

Spravato is taken through self-administration, involving two to three sprays at five-minute intervals. This method is particularly appealing to those who have reservations about IVs or experience anxiety with IV needles. It’s essential to note that Spravato should be combined with an oral antidepressant. The precise dosage and timing are determined by the healthcare provider based on the patient’s needs.

A general dosage schedule looks like this:

Weeks 1-4: Spravato treatments are given twice a week, resulting in eight sessions.

Weeks 5-8: The frequency drops to once a week.

Week 9 onwards: Treatment sessions occur every two weeks or as required, tailored to the patient’s progress and response.

READ MORE: Spravato FAQs

Maintaining Remission and Preventing Relapse

For patients undergoing Spravato treatment, following the treatment plan closely is essential. Continued treatment sessions, under the careful monitoring of a healthcare professional, ensure that the benefits of the initial treatment are sustained. Medication management also plays a pivotal role. Since Spravato treatments are often paired with an oral antidepressant, it’s crucial for patients to communicate regularly with their healthcare provider regarding any possible side effects or concerns. This collaborative approach ensures that the treatment is tailored for maximum benefit while minimizing risks.

Speaking of risks, like any medication, Spravato nasal spray has potential side effects. Some patients have reported experiences of dissociation, an increase in blood pressure, or even suicidal thoughts. This emphasizes the importance of undergoing treatment in a certified healthcare setting where mitigation strategies and risk evaluation are paramount.

Spravato Treatment at New Pathways Clinic

Depression, and especially treatment-resistant depression, can be an isolating journey. Through a comprehensive Spravato treatment program at New Pathways Clinic, patients receive both the benefits of esketamine therapy and a structured environment that prioritizes their well-being. Adequate relief from symptoms is coupled with strategies to manage possible side effects, such as suicidal ideation.

When considering Spravato therapy or any depression treatment, it’s vital to consult a healthcare provider. Their expertise will guide you, ensuring your mental health journey is both effective and safe. As more patients turn to options beyond traditional antidepressants, treatments like Spravato offer a beacon of hope, ensuring a brighter future free from the shackles of depressive symptoms.

Reach out to our team in Cleveland or Columbus today to get started on your healing journey or visit our Spravato frequently asked questions page for more information. We look forward to fighting this battle with you!

At New Pathways Clinic our heartfelt mission is to establish a holistic mental wellness campus that touches the lives of individuals in the greater Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati regions. We are dedicated to combining state-of-the-art mental health treatments, like Ketamine therapy infusions and Spravato nasal spray, with the expertise of compassionate mental health professionals to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, migraines, and bipolar disorder.

Our unwavering commitment drives us to continuously evolve and adapt as the scientific landscape of ketamine research expands and diversifies, leading to innovative mental health treatments. We are determined to pave the way for a healthier future for Cleveland, central Ohio, and southern Ohio.

New Pathways Clinic also offers Semaglutide & Tirzepatide weight-loss shots, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, and  ketamine/Spravato support groups for patients.

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