The FDA Approves The Use Of Spravato
What is Spravato?
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand how important it is to stay up-to-date on new drug information. The landscape of medical treatments is always changing. One such example is Spravato, which has recently been approved to treat depression. The active ingredient in Spravato is esketamine hydrochloride.
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How Spravato was Developed for Depression
Esketamine was originally developed as an anesthetic in Germany. Clinicians quickly realized the drug was also a powerful and fast-acting antidepressant. It was investigated as a potential treatment and began its journey through various clinical trials. Over the course of several years, it was researched and eventually developed under the brand name Spravato, among others. In August 2020, it was formally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in certain cases of depression.
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What Spravato Can Treat
Antidepressants have become increasingly common and have changed the lives of millions of sufferers. So, why was the approval of Spravato so newsworthy? In large part, it is due to its overall potency and side effects. Spravato is extremely fast-acting. It is commonly used with a nasal inhaler. Its goal is to provide relief from severe depression and suicidal thoughts within mere minutes. Side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, disassociation, and a feeling similar to being drunk. The combination of rapid relief and side effects has made it a double-edged sword. It is effective in alleviating a severe depressive episode. At the same time, it is also an effective way for people to get high.
Misuse of Esketamine
The active ingredient in Spravato, esketamine hydrochloride, has been used in various forms for many years. It is closely related to Ketamine, a well-known veterinary drug that became popular on the black market. Users found the drug to be fast-acting and long-lasting. Use resulted in powerful visual and mental hallucinations and, many people claimed, a sense of euphoria. Misuse of the drug over a long period of time has been linked to a variety of cognitive issues. These include memory loss, attention deficits, and language confusion.
Warnings for Spravato
The clinical results for Spravato have been impressive. However, it is important to note how physicians recommend using this substance. It is only recommended for people with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. It is also only recommended for use in the short-term and has not been approved for routine or regular use. There are also concerns for people with a dual diagnosis, suffering from both depression and addiction problems.
What is a Dual Diagnosis?
Someone who has a dual diagnosis has more than one medical condition at the same time. Medical conditions rarely happen alone. In the vast majority of cases, people suffering from depression also have other conditions. These can be the result of depression, or they could be a catalyst for a depressive episode. Whatever the case, they influence and affect how powerful a depressive episode can be. They also have a direct effect on which treatments should be used and how people react to different treatment options.
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The Potential for Problems in Patients with Dual Diagnosis
Patients who are dealing with a dual diagnosis, like depression and addiction, must take extra care when receiving a treatment plan. For many people, substance abuse can develop as a result of simply trying to escape the pain of depression. This is often why we see so many people with anxiety and depression self-medicating with alcohol or other substances. In the case of Spravato, the potential for misuse is extremely high.
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Spravato
Someone who has a dual diagnosis can still benefit from a treatment plan that includes a drug such as Spravato. The key is to understand the drug’s intended effects and ensure it is used to a patient’s overall benefit, while mitigating any potential danger. Since Spravato is intended only for short-term use and only in extreme cases, it can still be a useful component in a person’s treatment. This multi-dimensional approach is used often at Resurgence Behavioral Health. We are able to evaluate the potential for any drug-based therapy thanks to our diverse team of clinicians and addiction specialists.
Dual Diagnosis and Multifaceted Treatments
Successful treatments for addiction and mental health issues are as varied as the people who reach out for help. There is simply no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach that works for everyone. This is one of the biggest reasons why we are committed to a personalized approach when it comes to treatment plans. While Spravato is not for everyone, it has highlighted how much the treatment landscape can change in just a short amount of time.
The First Step to Wellness in Knowledge
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When someone is in need of medical care, insurance concerns often come immediately to mind. Our team of dedicated professionals works with companies across the country and understands the fine print and minute details of different policies. We have access to information as well as years of experience to help people understand the assistance available to them. This is why we offer free insurance verification for our patients or potential clients. We simply want to empower people who are ready to take that all-important first step. If you choose to continue working with us, our team can also help with the filing of claims and forms.
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Every Journey Begins with a Single Step
It is not always easy to reach out and ask for help. In fact, that first step can also be the hardest one to take. Resurgence Behavioral Health is committed to meeting people where they are now, no matter what. It does not matter if you are in the midst of active addiction, if you feel you have hit ‘rock bottom,’ or if you are trying to stop the development of a larger problem. We understand everyone is different – and so are their needs. Will your treatment plan require something like Spravato? It is impossible to tell at first. By working together today, we can build your brighter tomorrow.