Historically, ketamine has been used as an anesthetic in both humans and animals to produce a state of sedation (feeling calm and relaxed), immobility, relief from pain, and/or amnesia. It is most commonly known within the club drugs scene often being referred to as “Special K”. The purpose of this blog is to discuss the benefits of SPRAVATO ® (esketamine) and the differences in administration methods available for ketamine.

Ketamine that is ingested nasally is referred to as esketamine or SPRAVATO ®. SPRAVATO ® is a prescription medicine, used alongside an antidepressant to treat: Adults with treatment resistant depression (TRD) or Major Depressive Disorder with suicidal ideation (MDSI). Nasal administration has been known to be less invasive and offers a more controlled dosage for patients. It is also more potent than ketamine, which allows medical professionals to give lower doses and potentially see fewer side effects. Patients administer the spray themselves, while under the close supervision of a healthcare provider in our facility. Intravenous Ketamine is administered through an IV drip, which is more prone to infection and can become painful or irritating when patients are required to return to the doctor’s office and receive a new IV injection each time. SPRAVATO ® is administered in an outpatient setting under medical professional supervision. You receive 3 doses of the medication spaced about 5 minutes apart and then you remain under a medical professional supervision for 2 hours until any potential side effects have passed.

The SPRAVATO® (esketamine) treatment plan is a minimum of eight, two hour sessions, twice a week, over the course of a month. Once a week the patient will also have a 30 minute therapy session with an Aloha provider to process their session. The patient must continue to see their regular therapist weekly. Antidepressants are also required in conjunction with SPRAVATO®. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly maintenance sessions may also be needed depending on the diagnosis and provider discretion. Aloha has dedicated private, comfortable rooms for patients to use during their 2 hour SPRAVATO® sessions 

We are excited to announce the start of our eskatamine program and look forward to treating patients. For immediate questions, give us a call at (385) 289-2128 or visit our website at www.alohamedicalservices.com. Stay tuned for more information!