Esketamine for MDD
Major depressive disorder affects one in 15 adults in the United States and it is also the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorder associated with suicide. People with major depressive disorder may have suicidal thoughts and these can be triggered in a very short period. Hence, immediate and effective treatment is recommended for MDD.
What is MDD?
Major Depressive Disorder, also known as clinical depression is a serious form of mental health disorder that affects the way you feel, think, and negatively impacts your daily and normal life. Symptoms include:
- Feeling depressed
- Sleeping too much or too less
- Changes in eating habits - eating too little or too much
- Loss of interest in activities that you enjoyed earlier
- Feeling lonely, angry, or irritated without a reason
- Unable to concentrate
- Difficulty in taking decisions
- Violent thoughts or behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
How does esketamine work?
Esketamine Spravato is the nasal spray prescribed to treat MDD and TRD(Treatment-Resistant Depression). Patients who do not respond to antidepressants are diagnosed with TRD (Treatment-Resistant Depression). Abnormalities in glutamatergic transmission and lower levels of neurotransmitters are known to be one of the many causes of depression and other mental health illnesses. Antidepressants help in increasing the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. But Esketamine helps in regulating the levels of glutamate which immensely helps in improving the symptoms of depression. It also acts faster compared to antidepressants. Esketamine proved to be immensely helpful and successful in improving depressive symptoms and reducing suicidal thoughts within hours. It is a powerful antidepressant medication that helps in improving the depressive symptoms right from the first session of the treatment.
Risk factors of esketamine
People may experience disassociation, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, hypoesthesia, distress, tiredness, elevated blood pressure during the treatment. You will need to be at the doctor's office for 2 hours to make sure that you don't have any significant side effects and you are stable to leave. You might experience lightheadedness or dizziness even after 2 hours. Hence someone has to accompany you to drive you back home after the treatment.
Who benefits from Esketamine Treatment?
Patients diagnosed with the following mental health disorders can get symptom relief with the help of Esketamine Spravato Treatment:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- MDD with Suicidal thoughts
- Treatment-resistant depression
Certified Spravato Treatment Center in Massachusetts
Intranasal Esketamine Treatment has to be carried out only in a Spravato Certified Treatment Center. We are a certified Spravato Center in Massachusetts, having a dedicated team with experience and expertise in treating patients using Esketamine Spravato. Talk to us or book an appointment to know if Spravato Treatment is right for you.