WHAT IS ESKATAMINE/SPRAVATO TREATMENT?
Eskatamine is a medication that is prescribed when the patient is suffering from treatment resistant depression. It is a nasal spray and an alternative to an IV.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Esketamine is related to the drug ketamine, making them very similar. Esketamine is thought to increase synapses between brain cells in order to combat depression. If the treatment is effective, depression and suicidal thoughts will be improved.
he amount of treatments changes person to person and can only be prescribed after an evaluation. It’s also important to note that any medication that’s being currently taken may be altered when using Eskatamine
The number and frequency of treatments is advised by the psychiatrist after a thorough evaluation.
HOW IS IT GIVEN?
This treatment is given through nasal spray, given to each nostril. After it has been administered, the patient will be monitored for about 2 hours. Once stable, the patient is discharged. The treatment is usually given either once a week or once in 2 weeks, depending on the person.
Esketamine is administered by a nasal spray, in each nostril. The patient is observed in the office upto 2 hours or shorter based on the assessment. Treatments are given either weekly or every other week based on what the patients’ needs are.
After treatment, some side effects experienced include syncope, headache, dissociative syndrome, dizziness and nausea. Some of these side effects can be severe immediately, which is why the patient is monitored after treatment
During the treatment some of the side effects which are transient and end before the first hour in most cases include dissociative symptoms, dizziness and nausea as the more common ones.
- Age 18-65 years
- Treatment resistant depression (defined by at least two previous treatments that haven’t worked)
- Any drug abuse within the past year
- Any alcohol abuse within the past year
- History of traumatic brain injury
- Developmental delay and intellectual disorder
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