Harmony Bay Wellness

spravato treatment

Who is Spravato for?

Spravato (Esketamine) is an FDA approved prescription medication used along with an oral antidepressant for individuals with Treatment Resistant Depression. If you have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and have tried several antidepressant medications with poor results, Spravato may work for you.

What is Spravato?

Administered by a medical professional, esketamine is a form of ketamine, but different in that it is administered nasally and produces rapid, effective results. It is a Schedule 3 medication used in Depression treatment.

How do I know if Spravato is right for me?

Individuals interested in Spravato for treatment of major depressive disorder will meet with a medication prescriber for a psychiatric evaluation to ensure the treatment is appropriate for them.  This may include obtaining a medication and medical history and lab work. Spravato is administered under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional at the office and patients will be monitored for a period of at least 2 hours after each treatment day.

What is treatment resistant depression?

If you have undergone treatment for depression before and did not experience an improvement in symptoms and/or experienced severe side effects, you may be experiencing treatment resistant depression (TRD). While antidepressants and therapy sessions can help many people with depression, it is not the right course of treatment for everyone, including those with treatment resistant depression. Individuals with TRD often seek out treatments like Spravato or TMS Therapy.

What can I expect?

For the first 4 weeks you can expect to come into the office twice weekly for treatment. During weeks 5 to 8 of treatment you can expect to come to Harmony Bay’s Spravato treatment center in South Jersey once weekly and week 9 and after may remain weekly or biweekly.

During treatment sessions you can expect to relax in a spa-like atmosphere in a comfortable recliner.  You can listen to music, read, or relax during your treatment.

Individuals in the Spravato program can expect to be at the office at least 2 hours on a treatment day. You will have your blood pressure taken prior to taking the medication and periodically after by a licensed healthcare professional.  The licensed medical professional will monitor you throughout your treatment period. Individuals will need to have a ride home from treatment and should not drive or operate heavy machinery until having a restful night sleep.

Spravato Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my Spravato treatment appointment?

  • Avoid eating anything 2 hours before treatment or drinking anything 30 min prior to treatment to decrease likelihood of experiencing nausea
  • If you use a nasal corticosteroid or nasal decongestant please use it at least 1 hour before treatment
  • Make transportation arrangements home from your treatment as you will not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery afterwards until you have had a restful night sleep
  • Bring mobile device and earbuds to listen to soothing music during treatment session

What can I expect during my Spravato treatment session?

  • A licensed medical professional will be there to support you and monitor you throughout your treatment session
  • Staff will bring you in the treatment room and have you sit in a comfortable chair
  • Staff will ask you questions prior to each session and take your blood pressure
  • Staff will discuss with you what to expect from the treatment session and educate you on how to administer the medication
  • Staff will guide you as you administer the medication and monitor you periodically for at least 2 hours
  • You may listen to music, an audio book, a guided meditation, or play a game on your mobile device during treatment if you desire to do so

What can I expect after each Spravato treatment session?

  • You will not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery after treatment until you have had a restful night sleep
  • You may experience changes to your mood this is normal and to be expected
  • You may feel tired or fatigued after your treatment this is normal and to be expected

What are the common side effects of Spravato treatment?

  • Sedation of sleepiness
  • Feeling disconnected from thoughts, feelings, space, or time
  • Dizziness
  • Spinning sensation
  • Anxiety

What is important to report to my treatment provider before or after my Spravato treatment?

  • Suicidal thoughts or plan
  • Drug and/or alcohol use
  • Prescribed new medications
  • New health issues
  • Side effects

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Mental Health Treatment at Harmony Bay

Spravato treatment is just one of the approaches Harmony Bay Wellness offers. We have an extensive array of mental health therapies such as:

These therapies and more are open to all our clients. Working with individuals, our counselors and therapists determine a course of treatment that addresses the issues clients are facing and the goals they desire to achieve.

Contact Us

Spravato treatment is just one more tool we can use to help support individuals in overcoming their mental health issues and maintaining wellbeing. Reach out to us today at 855.765.6399 to learn more about our programs.