Ketamine treatment for depression in Santa Monica, South Bay, Tarzana and Los Angeles.
Ketamine nasal spray for depression therapy is a new, innovative path to breakthrough resistant depression. It can help you or your loved one to finally get relief.
Depression is a pervasive and debilitating mental health disorder that affects more than 300 million people, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is different from usual up and down moods. Unquestionably, it challenges every day life.
Indeed, when long-lasting, depression is a serious health condition. Not only it causes a person to suffer greatly, but it also causes poor function at work, school and interpersonal relationship. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Currently, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
What’s the difference between Ketamine nasal spray for depression and other anti-depressants?
There are many treatments for depression today. While these drugs relieve depression for some, there is a weeks-long delay before they take effect, and some people with “treatment-resistant” depression do not respond at all. So when compared with ketamine, these agents have a delayed onset of action — increasing the risk for organ failure and suicide in this subset.
And here we have an additional opportunity: ketamine increases neuroplasticity. Normally, in severe forms of depression, the ability to learn is reduced, which makes it difficult to conduct psychotherapy and neuro-feedback. Contrarily, with Ketamine, patients become more susceptible to psychotherapy and neuro-feedback.
An important time window appears in which you can intensively work with the patient to achieve sustainable change.
Ketamine is especially effective for depression caused by chronic pain or the main symptom of which is pain.
What else can Ketamine treat?
Gradually, more and more studies about the effectiveness of this substance appear: for example, ketamine therapy has worked well in post-traumatic stress disorders. In addition, ketamine appears to reduce cravings for reuse in opioid dependence.
Finally, Ketamine is both FDA approved and insurance covered treatment. Find out if your insurance qualifies HERE.
What is Ketamine nasal spray for depression?
Spravato is a FDA approved nasal spray form of Ketamine. Ketamine causes neurogenesis, which is different than traditional anti-depressants that work on the chemical levels in a patient’s brain. Ultimately, as many as 75-80% of people with depression have a significant improvement in their mood in as little as 1-2 treatments.
What Is Ketamine?
Spravato – Ketamine nasal spray for depression
Warnings and information
You should not receive Esketamine (Spravato) if you are allergic to it, or if you have untreated or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart disease;
- high blood pressure;
- alcoholism; or
- if you drink large amounts of alcohol.
Ketamine may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Spravato may affect brain development in a child under 3, or an unborn baby whose mother receives ketamine during late pregnancy. Effects on brain development could cause learning or behavior problems later in life.
Negative brain effects from Ketamine have been seen in animal studies. However, studies in human children receiving single short uses of anesthesia have not shown a likely effect on behavior or learning. More research is needed.
In some cases, your doctor may decide to postpone a surgery or procedure based on these risks. Treatment may not be delayed in the case of life-threatening conditions, medical emergencies, or surgery needed to correct certain birth defects.
Ask your doctor for information about all medicines that will be used during your session.
It may not be safe to breast-feed shortly after receiving this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.