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About SPRAVATO® For treatment-resistant depression

Ask the Experts

Tap a square to watch top doctors answer your top questions. Be sure to watch all the videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information.

Tap a square to watch top doctors answer your top questions.
Be sure to watch all the videos to get the
full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information.

What is treatment-resistant depression?

What makes SPRAVATO® different from oral antidepressants?

What can I expect at my first treatment?

What might a treatment center look like?

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What does SPRAVATO® treat? What are the side effects?

Why is there an observation period after taking SPRAVATO®?

How often will I take SPRAVATO®?

How soon might I see improvement with SPRAVATO®?

What success have you seen with SPRAVATO®?

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What does SPRAVATO® treat? What are the side effects?

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SPRAVATO® Important Safety Information

Question 1:

Speaker: I’ve heard of treatment-resistant depression, but what exactly is it?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: TRD, or treatment-resistant depression, refers to a group of patients who have not responded to two or more antidepressants.

SUPER: Treatment-Resistant Depression

SUPER: Healthcare providers may define the term “treatment-resistant depression” differently. Two or more oral antidepressants of adequate dose and duration in the current depressive episode.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: Up to a third of patients will not achieve a significant response with oral antidepressants. So there’s definitely this huge unmet need.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos.

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Question 2:

Speaker: So I’m curious, what makes SPRAVATO® different from oral antidepressants?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: Up until now, our primary antidepressants have targeted the monoamines: serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine. The problem is, about a third of people don’t respond to those types of treatment options.

Narrator: In a large-scale study, about one-third of patients with major depressive disorder did not respond to two or more oral antidepressants and may be considered to have treatment-resistant depression.

SUPER:

In a STAR*D trial1

About one-third of patients with major depressive disorder did not respond to two or more oral antidepressants and may be considered to have treatment-resistant depression

1. Rush AJ, et al. Acute and longer-term outcomes in depressed outpatients requiring one or several treatment steps: a STAR*D report. Am J Psychiatry. 2006;163(11):1905-1917.

SUPER: SPRAVATO® targets the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. The exact way that SPRAVATO® works is unknown.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: Now, with SPRAVATO®, we have a different treatment option.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 3:

Speaker: What can I expect at my first treatment?

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: I try to have a lot of time for patients to ask questions, and to give them, even, material to look at, like the SPRAVATO® website, before they even start treatment.

SUPER: The first visit to the SPRAVATO® treatment center will be a consultation.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: If it’s their first treatment, we bring them in, get their baseline blood pressure measurement and then we get them comfortable.

SUPER: Actor portrayal.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: We get the trainer device, start going through what it would be like to self-administer SPRAVATO®.

"So, this isn’t the real medication, but I’d like you to practice with it."

Dr. Greg Mattingly: It has your assigned dose. You lean back, recommended around 45 degrees; you self-administer up one nostril, then the other; you wait five minutes to let it be absorbed.

SUPER: Actor portrayal.

SUPER: Do not eat at least two hours before, or drink liquids at least 30 minutes before taking SPRAVATO®, since some patients may experience nausea and vomiting. If you take nasal medications, take them at least one hour before taking SPRAVATO®.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: Forty minutes after dose, we’ll go back in and recheck blood pressure, recheck for any side effects and we’ll continue to do that then for the next two hours.

Narrator/SUPER: SPRAVATO® may cause a temporary increase in your blood pressure that may last for about four hours after taking a dose. Your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure before taking SPRAVATO® and for at least two hours after you take SPRAVATO®.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 4:

Speaker: Can you show me what a SPRAVATO® treatment center might look like?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: In our office, we’ve taken a pretty simple approach. We have a quiet room, where a patient’s blood pressure can be monitored.

SUPER: Actor portrayal.

SUPER: Individual certified SPRAVATO® treatment centers may vary.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: We come and check on them periodically, and we watch them over two hours to make sure they’ve done well with the treatment.

SUPER: Patients are required to be monitored by a healthcare provider for at least two hours after taking SPRAVATO®.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: We have a variety of treatment rooms at our treatment center. This is just one of them. We have equipment in here to monitor the patient’s blood pressure, a comfortable chair, things like blankets to be able to offer our patients. People can connect their phone and play music. We have the ability to adjust the lighting and a nurse call button in this room, so that if patients do need anything, they can call us.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 5:

Speaker: So, is there any important safety information I should know about? Also, what does SPRAVATO® treat?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: After SPRAVATO® administration, some people do become a little bit detached, a little fuzzy; things seem brighter, or louder.

Narrator/SUPER: SPRAVATO® may cause sleepiness; feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings and things around you; dizziness; nausea; spinning sensation; or anxiety. If these common side effects occur, they usually happen right after taking SPRAVATO® and go away the same day.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: There’s a REMS Program that monitors how it’s given to make sure it’s done in a safe, consistent manner, and to also protect against any abuse or misuse of SPRAVATO® treatment.

SUPER: Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS): Before starting SPRAVATO®, tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: Young adults, be careful with an increased risk of suicide, or suicidal behavior, with SPRAVATO® and/or any treatment option for depression.

SUPER: Antidepressants may cause an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in some people aged 24 years and under.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: And it’s not a treatment for people that have certain complicated medical histories, such as aneurysms, intracranial hemorrhage, somebody with unstable blood pressure. I would not use SPRAVATO® in anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.

SUPER: Don’t take SPRAVATO® if you have a blood vessel disease, an abnormal connection between your veins and arteries, a history of bleeding in the brain or if you’re allergic to esketamine, ketamine or any of the ingredients in SPRAVATO®. Don’t take SPRAVATO® if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: SPRAVATO® is also not for use as an anesthetic, and it’s not approved for use in pediatric patients. So, at two hours, if they’re stable, their blood pressure is stable, and their mental status is pretty clear, then we let them go home with whoever it is that’s providing transportation for them. So SPRAVATO® is indicated for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression in adults when used in conjunction with an oral antidepressant.

SUPER: SPRAVATO® is not for use as a medicine to prevent or relieve pain (anesthetic). It is not known if SPRAVATO® is safe or effective as an anesthetic medicine. It is not known if SPRAVATO® is safe and effective in children. SPRAVATO® may cause a temporary increase in blood pressure that may last for about four hours after taking a dose. Your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure before taking SPRAVATO® and for at least two hours after. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden severe headache, change in vision or seizures after taking SPRAVATO®.

Narrator/SUPER: It is not known if SPRAVATO® is safe and effective for use in preventing suicide or in reducing suicidal thoughts or actions. SPRAVATO® is not for use in place of hospitalization, if your healthcare provider determines that hospitalization is needed, even if improvement is experienced after the first dose of SPRAVATO®.

SUPER: Actor portrayal.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information.

Narrator/SUPER: These are not all the side effects of SPRAVATO®. For the complete safety information, including a list of common side effects, please see the Important Safety Information video below and the SPRAVATO® Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 6:

Speaker: So why is there a two-hour observation period after taking SPRAVATO®?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: We watch our patients for two hours after they do the SPRAVATO® treatment. We look for side effects of sedation, dissociation, nausea, on top of watching blood pressure; and within about an hour and a half, you see that most patients’ vital signs, blood pressure, have gotten back to normal.

SUPER: SPRAVATO® may cause sleepiness (sedation), fainting, dizziness, spinning sensation, anxiety or dissociation (feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings and things around you). SPRAVATO® can cause a temporary increase in your blood pressure that may last for about 4 hours after taking a dose.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: They’re awake and alert; and at that two-hour mark, if all of those have gone back to normal, the patient is then allowed to leave the clinic with the caveat that they cannot drive themselves. No operating heavy equipment, machinery, things of that nature.

SUPER: Do not drive, operate machinery or perform any activities that require full alertness until the day after a treatment session, following a restful sleep.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: Patients have to have a night of sleep before they drive again. I do talk to them about the fact that they might not be as sharp with their thinking, so they want to consider that with regards to any decision-making or work that they might try to do after the treatment.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 7:

Speaker: So how often would I take SPRAVATO®? What’s the treatment schedule like?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: So when we break down treatment, the initial phase we call the Induction Phase.

SUPER:

Induction Phase in Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
Weeks 1-4

SUPER: SPRAVATO® can only be self-administered at healthcare settings certified in the SPRAVATO® Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program.

Dr. Greg Mattingly: That will be two treatments per week for a total of four weeks. After the Induction Phase, which lasts for four weeks, you then go into the Maintenance Phase.

SUPER: At the end of the induction phase, your healthcare provider will evaluate your progress to determine the need for continued treatment.

SUPER:

Maintenance Phase in TRD
Weeks 5-8

Dr. Greg Mattingly: During the Maintenance Phase, you space the visits out. So instead of doing twice a week, you go to once a week.

SUPER:

Based on your doctor's clinical judgment
Weeks 9 and After

Dr. Greg Mattingly: After that, it’s really based on your doctor’s clinical judgment. You can space out the visits to once a week; you can space out the visits to every two weeks, depending on your response.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 8:

Speaker: So how quickly might I see improvement with SPRAVATO®?

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: The thing we talk to patients about is that they’re not going to get one treatment and feel well immediately.

SUPER: Individual results may vary. Not everyone will respond to SPRAVATO®.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: There’s a lot of enthusiasm when people come in looking for this treatment, and there’s a lot of hopefulness. You want to keep that hopefulness going. You want them to understand that it is a process and it’s going to take some time. So laying the groundwork, I think, is also very important and helpful.

Narrator/SUPER: Most common side effects include feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings and things around you; dizziness; nausea; feeling sleepy; spinning sensation; decreased feeling of sensitivity; feeling anxious; lack of energy; increased blood pressure; vomiting; feeling drunk; and feeling very happy or excited. If these common side effects occur, they usually happen right after taking SPRAVATO® and go away the same day.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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Question 9:

Speaker: Can you tell me what kind of success you’ve seen in your patients with SPRAVATO®?

Dr. Greg Mattingly: One of my patients who had been stuck in a bad depression, not for months, but for years; and now, to see him come in, smiling, talking about being with his kids, being with his wife. The day that we did our first SPRAVATO® treatment, I just kept thinking about all the patients that we’ve struggled with throughout the years, and how much help this might be for them.

Narrator/SUPER: In clinical studies, those who took SPRAVATO® plus an oral antidepressant experienced a greater reduction of depression symptoms at four weeks compared to those who took a placebo plus an oral antidepressant.

SUPER: Actor portrayal.

SUPER: Individual results may vary. Not everyone will respond to SPRAVATO®.

Dr. Sandhya Prashad: Patients that have been struggling for years, they actually get better. You will see a lot of patients responding. And it has really changed my interpretation of where patients can be.

Narrator/SUPER: Before taking SPRAVATO®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you have: high blood pressure (hypertension); slow or fast heartbeats that cause shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness or fainting; a history of heart attack or stroke; heart valve disease or heart failure; a history of brain injury or any condition where there is increased pressure in the brain; liver problems; or if you’ve ever had a condition called “psychosis.”

SUPER: Actor portrayal.

SUPER: Be sure to watch all the Ask the Experts videos to get the full SPRAVATO® story, including safety information. Please see Important Safety Information, full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide on this webpage.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about SPRAVATO®?

SPRAVATO® can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Sedation and dissociation. SPRAVATO® may cause sleepiness (sedation), fainting, dizziness, spinning sensation, anxiety, or feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings, space and time (dissociation).
    • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel like you cannot stay awake or if you feel like you are going to pass out.
    • Your healthcare provider must monitor you for serious side effects for at least 2 hours after taking SPRAVATO®. Your healthcare provider will decide when you are ready to leave the healthcare setting.
  • Abuse and misuse. There is a risk for abuse and physical and psychological dependence with SPRAVATO® treatment. Your healthcare provider should check you for signs of abuse and dependence before and during treatment with SPRAVATO®.
    • Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.
    • Your healthcare provider can tell you more about the differences between physical and psychological dependence and drug addiction.
  • SPRAVATO® Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Because of the risks for sedation, dissociation, and abuse and misuse, SPRAVATO® is only available through a restricted program called the SPRAVATO® Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program. SPRAVATO® can only be administered at healthcare settings certified in the SPRAVATO® REMS Program. Patients treated in outpatient healthcare settings (e.g., medical offices and clinics) must be enrolled in the program.
  • Increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts and actions in some people 24 years of age and younger, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed.

    SPRAVATO® is not for use in children

    • Depression and other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts and actions. Some people may have a higher risk of having suicidal thoughts or actions. These include people who have (or have a family history of) depression or a history of suicidal thoughts or actions.
  • How can I watch for and try to prevent suicidal thoughts and actions in myself or a family member?
    • Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings, or if you develop suicidal thoughts or actions.
    • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings.
    • Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled. Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you have concerns about symptoms.
  • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you or your family member have any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
    • suicide attempts
    • thoughts about suicide or dying
    • worsening depression
    • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Do not take SPRAVATO® if you:

  • have blood vessel (aneurysmal vascular) disease (including in the brain, chest, abdominal aorta, arms and legs)
  • have an abnormal connection between your veins and arteries (arteriovenous malformation)
  • have a history of bleeding in the brain
  • are allergic to esketamine, ketamine, or any of the other ingredients in SPRAVATO®.

If you are not sure if you have any of the above conditions, talk to your healthcare provider before taking SPRAVATO®.

Before you take SPRAVATO®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have heart or brain problems, including:
    • high blood pressure (hypertension)
    • slow or fast heartbeats that cause shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness, or fainting
    • history of heart attack
    • history of stroke
    • heart valve disease or heart failure
    • history of brain injury or any condition where there is increased pressure in the brain
  • have liver problems
  • have ever had a condition called “psychosis” (see, feel, or hear things that are not there, or believe in things that are not true).
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. SPRAVATO® may harm your baby. You should not take SPRAVATO® if you are pregnant.
    • Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant during treatment with SPRAVATO®.
    • If you are able to become pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about methods to prevent pregnancy during treatment with SPRAVATO®.
    • There is a pregnancy registry for women who are exposed to SPRAVATO® during pregnancy. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the health of women exposed to SPRAVATO® and their baby. If you become pregnant during treatment with SPRAVATO®, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry for Antidepressants at 1-844-405-6185 or online at https://womensmentalhealth.org/clinical-and-research-programs/pregnancyregistry/antidepressants/.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You should not breastfeed during treatment with SPRAVATO®.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Taking SPRAVATO® with certain medicine may cause side effects.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take central nervous system (CNS) depressants, psychostimulants, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) medicines. Keep a list of them to show to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How will I take SPRAVATO®?

  • You will take SPRAVATO® nasal spray yourself, under the supervision of a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting. Your healthcare provider will show you how to use the SPRAVATO® nasal spray device.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you how much SPRAVATO® you will take and when you will take it.
  • Follow your SPRAVATO® treatment schedule exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • During and after each use of the SPRAVATO® nasal spray device, you will be checked by a healthcare provider who will decide when you are ready to leave the healthcare setting.
  • You will need to plan for a caregiver or family member to drive you home after taking SPRAVATO®.
  • If you miss a SPRAVATO® treatment, your healthcare provider may change your dose and treatment schedule.
  • Some people taking SPRAVATO® get nausea and vomiting. You should not eat for at least 2 hours before taking SPRAVATO® and not drink liquids at least 30 minutes before taking SPRAVATO®.
  • If you take a nasal corticosteroid or nasal decongestant medicine take these medicines at least 1 hour before taking SPRAVATO®.

What should I avoid while taking SPRAVATO®?

Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything where you need to be completely alert after taking SPRAVATO®. Do not take part in these activities until the next day following a restful sleep. See “What is the most important information I should know about SPRAVATO®?”

What are the possible side effects of SPRAVATO®?

SPRAVATO® may cause serious side effects including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about SPRAVATO®?”
  • Increased blood pressure. SPRAVATO® can cause a temporary increase in your blood pressure that may last for about 4 hours after taking a dose. Your healthcare provider will check your blood pressure before taking SPRAVATO® and for at least 2 hours after you take SPRAVATO®. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden severe headache, change in vision, or seizures after taking SPRAVATO®.
  • Problems with thinking clearly. Tell your healthcare provider if you have problems thinking or remembering.
  • Bladder problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop trouble urinating, such as a frequent or urgent need to urinate, pain when urinating, or urinating frequently at night.

The most common side effects of SPRAVATO® when used along with an antidepressant taken by mouth include:

  • feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings and things around you
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • feeling sleepy
  • spinning sensation
  • decreased feeling of sensitivity (numbness)
  • feeling anxious
  • lack of energy
  • increased blood pressure
  • vomiting
  • feeling drunk
  • feeling very happy or excited

If these common side effects occur, they usually happen right after taking SPRAVATO® and go away the same day.

These are not all the possible side effects of SPRAVATO®.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, and Medication Guide for SPRAVATO® at SPRAVATO.com and discuss any questions you may have with your healthcare provider.

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Learn More About SPRAVATO®

Studied in adults with treatment-resistant depression.*

Taken with an oral antidepressant.

In a clinical trial, after 16 weeks of therapy, patients who continued SPRAVATO® treatment were less likely to experience a return of depressive symptoms than those who stopped therapy.

After you take SPRAVATO®, a healthcare provider will monitor you for at least two hours during the observation period for possible serious side effects, including feeling sleepy (sedation), feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings and things around you (dissociation), and increased blood pressure. More About Side Effects

Nasal spray you self-administer under the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Greater reduction of depressive symptoms at four weeks (compared to those who received a placebo and oral antidepressant).

Tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

*In clinical trials, treatment-resistant depression was diagnosed in adults who were struggling with major depressive disorder and had not responded adequately to at least two different antidepressants of adequate dose and duration in the current episode.

Along with an oral antidepressant.

In clinical trials of adults who took SPRAVATO® and an oral antidepressant compared to those who received a placebo and an oral antidepressant. Based on an overall score on a standardized rating scale.

SPRAVATO® nasal spray

I’d like to hear about other patients’ experiences with SPRAVATO®.

SPRAVATO® Dosing for Treatment-Resistant Depression

After you and your healthcare provider have decided SPRAVATO® is right for you – and you understand the benefits and risks of SPRAVATO® – you’ll be ready to start planning for treatment.

  • SPRAVATO® is taken with an oral antidepressant
  • You administer SPRAVATO® nasal spray yourself under the supervision of a healthcare provider at a certified SPRAVATO® treatment center
  • SPRAVATO® is taken twice a week for the first four weeks
  • After the first four weeks, SPRAVATO® is taken once a week for a month
  • After this, SPRAVATO® is usually taken either once a week or once every two weeks

SPRAVATO® Safety and Tolerability

  • SPRAVATO® nasal spray was evaluated for safety in both short- and long-term clinical trials of adults diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression
  • Do not take SPRAVATO® if you have a blood vessel disease (aneurysm), an abnormal connection between your blood vessels (arteriovenous malformation), a history of bleeding in the brain or if you are allergic to esketamine, ketamine or any of the ingredients in SPRAVATO®. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more

SPRAVATO® Side Effects

Serious side effects include feeling sleepy (sedation), dissociation, abuse, increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, increased blood pressure, problems with thinking clearly and bladder problems. The most commonly observed side effects in adults taking SPRAVATO® and an oral antidepressant were:

  • Dissociation

    Feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings and things around you

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  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Feeling sleepy (sedation)
  • Spinning sensation
  • Decreased feeling of sensitivity (numbness)
  • Feeling anxious
  • Lack of energy
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling drunk
  • Feeling very happy or excited

After Treatment

A healthcare provider will monitor you for at least two hours. Because of possible side effects affecting mental alertness and motor coordination, you won’t be able to drive, operate machinery or do anything where you need to be completely alert until the next day, following a restful sleep. So you’ll need to plan for rides on treatment days.

How Is SPRAVATO® Different?

Today’s most commonly used oral antidepressants are thought to treat depression by increasing levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) in areas of the brain that affect mood.

SPRAVATO® targets the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor and is believed to work differently than currently available oral antidepressants. The exact way that SPRAVATO® works is unknown.

SPRAVATO® Patient Brochure

A helpful resource to learn about SPRAVATO® and treatment-resistant depression.

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Is SPRAVATO® right for you?

If you've struggled with depression and tried two or more antidepressants in your current episode without adequate relief, talk to your healthcare provider to see if you have treatment-resistant depression.

Of adequate dose and duration.

Ask your doctor if SPRAVATO® may be an option for you.

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Preparing for Treatment

The SPRAVATO® treatment plan. 
A different treatment experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Oral antidepressant medications commonly used today are thought to treat depression by increasing levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) in areas of the brain that affect mood.

SPRAVATO® targets the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor and is believed to work differently than currently available oral antidepressants. The exact way that SPRAVATO® works is unknown.

The safety and benefits of SPRAVATO® nasal spray, given with an oral antidepressant, were studied in a clinical program involving short- and long-term trials across more than 1,700 adult patients with treatment-resistant depression that compared SPRAVATO® plus an oral antidepressant to a placebo nasal spray plus an oral antidepressant. These studies evaluated the efficacy and safety of SPRAVATO®, both short-term and long-term for up to one year, for treatment‑resistant depression.

No, treatment with SPRAVATO® is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. SPRAVATO® may harm your baby. You should let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. If you are a woman planning to start SPRAVATO®, and are of childbearing age, you should use highly effective contraception while taking SPRAVATO®. Talk with your healthcare provider about methods of birth control that should be used.

If you become pregnant while being treated with SPRAVATO®, you should talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible about discontinuing treatment and about other options for treating your depression.

There is a pregnancy registry for women who are exposed to SPRAVATO® during pregnancy. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the health of women exposed to SPRAVATO® and their baby. If you become pregnant during treatment with SPRAVATO®, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry for Antidepressants at 1-844-405-6185 or online.