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Sal Psychiatry Services

Psychiatrists & Addiction Psychiatrists located in Norwalk, CA

If you suffer from depression and it doesn’t respond to traditional medications or healthy lifestyle changes, you may benefit from Spravato®. At Sal Psychiatric Services in Norwalk, California, double board-certified physician Salisu Aikoye, MD, prescribes Spravato to address treatment-resistant depression. After an exam and a review of your medical history, Dr. Aikoye can determine if you’re a candidate for treatment. Call Sal Psychiatric Services today to request a Spravato consultation or make your appointment online.

Spravato Q&A

What is Spravato®?

Spravato is a prescription nasal spray used to manage Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), or treatment-resistant depression. The spray contains ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic. The drug binds to specific receptors in your brain, relieving uncomfortable symptoms while improving your mood and outlook.

Who is a candidate for Spravato treatment?

You may benefit from treatment with Spravato if you’re 18 or older and have major depression. That’s particularly true if you’ve tried a combination of medication, counseling, and healthy lifestyle changes but still experience severe depressive thoughts or suicidal ideation.

What does treatment with Spravato involve?

At Sal Psychiatric Services, Dr. Aikoye administers Spravato during an in-office procedure. Spravato is different from other antidepressants because it requires a professional observation period. 

After receiving the nasal spray, you can lie or sit in a comfortable reclining chair. It’s normal to feel drowsy or dissociative (like you’re disconnected from your body). Dr. Aikoye checks in on you periodically to monitor your symptoms and take your blood pressure.

The observation period lasts for at least two hours. You won’t be able to drive or operate heavy machinery until the next day, so make sure you have a friend or family member available to drive you home.

Does Spravato present any side effects?

Spravato is safe and usually well-tolerated, but you may experience side effects, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling very happy or excited
  • Feeling drunk

To reduce the risk of side effects, Dr. Aikoye recommends you avoid eating at least two hours before and quit drinking 30 minutes before treatment.

How long does it take for Spravato to work?

The time it takes for Spravato to work depends on various factors, including the severity of your depression and the underlying cause. Some people notice a significant improvement after just one session, but most people report feeling better about a month after their first Spravato treatment.

To achieve lasting results and improved mental health, Dr. Aikoye typically prescribes Spravato alongside an oral antidepressant. 

Does Spravato work for everyone?

Spravato works for most people with treatment-resistant depression, but it isn’t a guarantee. Dr. Aikoye monitors how you feel over the course of treatment. If your depression doesn’t improve or worsens, let Dr. Aikoye know. She’s committed to your health and well-being.

Call Sal Psychiatric Services today to see if you can benefit from Spravato, or make your appointment online.