Spravato services offered in Sandy Springs, GA

Spravato® is an esketamine nasal spray that has FDA approval for helping patients with treatment-resistant depression. Experienced psychiatrist Karen Giles, MD, MS, at Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions in Sandy Springs, Georgia, specializes in using innovative therapies like Spravato and ketamine infusions to treat long-term depression when nothing else is helping. To learn more about fast-acting Spravato treatments and how they could benefit you, call Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions today or book an appointment online.

What is Spravato?

Spravato is a nasal spray containing esketamine. It can help patients with depression (major depressive disorder) when other treatments aren’t working.

Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions specializes in treating depression, particularly in moderate to severe cases and in patients who have treatment-resistant depression (TRD). They offer Spravato as part of their range of innovative depression treatments.

Spravato is by prescription only, and you have to receive it from a psychiatrist. It has FDA approval for use as a supplement to antidepressant medication for depression, which means your insurance may cover it.


How does Spravato work?

Spravato contains esketamine, a refined form of the anesthetic drug ketamine. Studies show that esketamine promotes the formation of new synapses in your brain. 

Synapses are the connectors between your brain’s neurons (nerve cells). They allow signals to pass between the neurons via neurotransmitters — chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

People with depression typically have fewer synapses and lower levels of neurotransmitters. This affects their thought processes and lowers their mood. Spravato creates new synapses and increases neurotransmitter production.


Why would I need to use Spravato?

Dr. Giles might recommend Spravato if you’ve been receiving treatment for major depressive disorder, but your depression hasn’t improved.

Psychotherapy and antidepressant medication help many people recover from depression. However, some patients find that they don’t feel the benefit of these treatments. Spravato specifically addresses this type of treatment-resistant depression.

Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions also offers IV (intravenous) ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Giles goes through both options with you so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.


What does Spravato treatment involve?

Spravato treatment is very straightforward. You need to visit Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions for each treatment, as you must have it under Dr. Giles’ supervision. The treatment itself simply involves administering the spray into your nasal passages.

A series of Spravato treatments offer the best results. The number of sessions required may vary between patients, but a typical course of treatment would consist of three sessions a week for 4-6 weeks. You may also require booster sessions once the initial treatment begins working so you don’t suffer a relapse.

If you’d like to find out more about treating persistent depression with Spravato, call Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions today or book an appointment online.