Dealing with depression is already enough of a struggle. But adding the fact that your depression isn’t responding to treatment methods can be even more frustrating. Enter Spravato®. This treatment option can be a lifesaver for many fighting against treatment-resistant depression.
Ashley Johnson, DO, and her team at Colorado Recovery Solutions are the only practice in the Colorado Springs area that is Spravato-Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) certified and physician-owned. We want you to know about Spravato and how it can help you battle against your depression.
Depression is a mental illness that gives a person severe feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Treatment options for depression typically involve medication and some therapy. However, two-thirds of people find that the first antidepressant that they try isn’t helpful. In addition, up to one-third of people find their depression doesn’t respond to several different types of treatment.
If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, you might have treatment-resistant depression. Other signs of treatment-resistant depression include having short bouts of relief from your depression only to be followed by longer and more frequent depressive episodes.
Spravato is the first prescription nasal spray that can help with treatment-resistant depression, and you can maximize the effects if you simultaneously take another antidepressant medication. Spravato contains esketamine, which derives from another drug called ketamine. Not only does this help with treatment-resistant depression, but it also helps with severe forms of depression that often lead to thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Spravato is also beneficial because it works instantly – within a few hours – rather than a traditional antidepressant which can take weeks to notice any improvements.
Because Spravato can have some side effects as it works to help relieve your brain of depression symptoms, it’s administered under close supervision at our office. You’ll be monitored closely for two hours until any side effects have worn off or to make sure none of them are severe.
If you’ve been unsuccessful in trying to find a treatment that’s right for you and your mental health needs, Spravato might be the right next step.
For more information on this treatment option or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, call our office at 719-358-3078 or use our online booking tool today.