Orange County Ketamine Treatment
There have been several studies conducted in the 2000s reporting that ketamine is capable of being a fast-acting and effective form of antidepressant. Results are showing to be most effective when the drug is administered in sub-anesthetic doses. Ketamine was first approved to be used as a medication in 1970 and has primarily been used as a form of anesthetic from then to the now present time. If our medical professionals at AMFM Treatment Center in Orange County suggest that the use of ketamine may be an effective form of treatment, improvements to the mood happening just 4 to 24 hours following the procedure could be experienced.
At lower doses, ketamine has been seen to help ease feelings of pain and discomfort. Ketamine compliments the work of sedatives and may contribute to the help that some individuals need not require more addictive painkillers. While there are positive therapy options that benefit the recipient of the treatment, ketamine is also known by some to be a drug that is often misused. Ketamine is capable of causing the user to experience being in states of feeling dream-like and even mild to severe hallucinations. People who have used the drug have reported different sensations that range from a pleasant and comforting feeling of floating, all the way to feeling like they are entirely separated from their bodies.
What Is Spravato?
Spravato is one of the medication options that a doctor or physician would prescribe for treating TRD, which is treatment-resistant depression. TRD is a form of depression that has proven to have not improved following a treatment attempt that included two or more different antidepressants.
In a clinical study that was conducted by Daily Med revealed reports showing that after just four weeks, treatment with Spravato had improved various symptoms of depression that were being felt by those individuals who were taking the drug. Included in the study was an experiment where one group of people were given Spravato in addition to an oral antidepressant. Then the other group was given a placebo (no effect or treatment) along with an oral antidepressant. The reported depression symptoms were measured using a zero to 60 scale with the higher the score, the worse the depression symptoms had become. Results of the test showed that the group who took Spavato along with an oral antidepressant reported having experienced more significant reductions of various depression symptoms at just four weeks compared to the other group who had received an oral antidepressant plus a placebo.
Patients who undergo this form of treatment for depression will typically begin their treatment by self-administering one spray to each side of the nose. This being done while under the supervision of a doctor or other medical professional. This dosage amount would typically be administered two times a week for four weeks. For the more long-term treatments, recipients of this treatment often move up to 3 sprays, that are received once a week, which maintains the positive effects. It has been reported by users to have experienced a significant reduction of depression symptoms in the 5 to 7 week period following the initial start of their treatment.
What Are The Benefits?
Spravato has many benefits because it is proven to be fast-acting, and is designed to target the source that is producing the treatment-resistant depression (TRD). While it is not uncommon for antidepressants to take somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks to see results, Spravato typically takes effect within just a couple of hours. Spravato targets TRD through the nasal spray treatments, while still allowing the patient to take their average antidepressant medication doses.
At our treatment facility in Orange County, California, our staff at AMFM work hard to provide a safe and comfortable way for our clients to make the difficult transition back to their regular and daily routine. In doing this, we strive also to take those crucial steps that are needed for individuals who need to be in the right place to work on healthy behavioral habits and effective coping mechanisms to improve their overall mental health.