SPRAVATO Treatment center in Nashville

For many people who suffer from depression, it takes time for them to realize that they seek help for their problem. Once they do, many find relief from their symptoms within a few weeks or a few months of beginning treatment. But for an estimated 10 to 15 percent of depression sufferers, traditional antidepressants do not help.


People who do not find traditional antidepressants to be effective in treating their symptoms are typically diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression, or TRD. This type of depression is significantly more difficult to treat, which can leave sufferers struggling for answers about what to try next. Thankfully, there is a viable, non-invasive treatment option for people with TRD: Spravato.

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What is SPRAVATO?

Spravato is an FDA-approved medication that is made from ketamine, a drug that has been found to be an extremely effective treatment for severe depression. It is unique in that, unlike other antidepressants, Spravato does not affect the serotonin levels in your brain. Instead, it helps to regulate your brain’s neuron activity in order to stimulate certain areas of your brain. This increased brain activity is thought to help reactivate the areas of the brain that have been affected by depression, helping to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

While Spravato treatment centers may be one of the newest options in addiction treatment, many studies have shown that ketamine is effective in reducing depression symptoms, including thoughts of self-harm. Perhaps one of the most appealing reasons to try Spravato is that, unlike traditional antidepressants that can take weeks or months to show results, ketamine can reduce your symptoms in as little as 24 hours after treatment.

What To Expect During Spravato Treatment

If you and your provider have decided that Spravato is the best way to treat your TRD, you will schedule a follow-up appointment to actually take the medication at your Spravato treatment center. This is because Spravato is not a daily pill like traditional antidepressants. Instead, it is a nasal spray which must be prescribed and taken by the client at an approved Spravato treatment center. Clients will administer the nasal spray themselves, and then be monitored by the medical staff for 1 to 2 hours. This step helps ensure that, if you experience any rare but serious side effects, you will receive immediate medical care.

Most clients will benefit the most from having twice-weekly doses of Spravato for the first month of their treatment schedule. Following this period, you will be reduced to just 1 dose per week, which most often continues for at least another 2 months. Most clients find that a total of 3 months of treatment is enough to give them relief from their symptoms, whereas others may need to continue treatment for longer in order to find the level of relief that they are looking for.

Is Spravato Covered by Insurance?

Much like any newer medication, Spravato may not be covered by all insurance companies. This is in part because Spravato is more expensive than other depression treatments. It has to be administered in an environment where you can be supervised by a medical professional for potential side effects. Most major insurance companies will cover at least part of your Spravato treatment plan, but will typically require paperwork to prove it is a necessary treatment option due to TRD. No matter what plan you have, we will work with your insurance company to verify whether or not you have coverage for Spravato, and if not, give you payment options so that you can still take advantage of this medication for your TRD.

Side Effects of Spravato

As with any other prescription medication, Spravato does carry a risk of side effects for some users. The most common side effects are temporary, and fade away before your observation period at the Spravato treatment center is over. The most common side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Euphoria, or a feeling of being “high”
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sedation
  • Stomach ache, nausea, or diarrhea

Some effects can linger for a little while, however, which is why we require that you have someone else drive you home. Nearly all users of Spravato find that the relief they find for their TRD far outweighs the side effects they experience.

Spravato Treatment in Nashville

Each year, an estimated 2 million Americans suffer from treatment-resistant depression, which affects everything from their personal relationships to their performance at work or school. For these people, Spravato presents another, more reliable option to find relief from their chronic depression symptoms, helping them to live happier, healthier lives. If you or someone you know is struggling with TRD, contact Arbor Wellness today. Our Spravato treatment center is here to help treat TRD, and help our clients get back to living a normal life.

Don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. In the case of a medical emergency please contact 911 or visit your local emergency department.

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