SPRAVATO™ Patient Experience
what to expect during your treatment
Our Patient Experience
Revitalizing Infusion Therapies strives to ensure that our patients have the best treatment session possible. To do this, we provide patients with a relaxing, therapeutic environment free from distractions and which is not overstimulating. Our expert staff will be available throughout your SPRAVATO treatment session to ensure that you receive the care and attention you need, as well as providing pre-care instructions, safety, and post-care advice.
Preparing for Your Treatment
Pre-treatment preparation is one of the most important aspects of a successful SPRAVATO session. Coming into the clinic with the proper mindset completed prep work will ensure your success.
Some helpful tips include bringing a book, tablet, or music with you to your session. Prepare a playlist of relaxing music that helps you get into the right mindset for treatment. Be open and honest with yourself about with objective for your session, setting your intentions for the session.
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How Does SPRAVATO™ Work?
It is important to note that SPRAVATO is not a standalone medication. It is administered alongside oral anti-depressants.
SPRAVATO must be taken twice a week for the first four weeks. Treatment schedules will then shift to a weekly treatment every four weeks.
Afterward, your healthcare provider will help you determine the best frequency for follow-up applications.
Patient Success Checklist
After your SPRAVATO treatment session, your healthcare provider will have you stay for observation for at least two hours. This wait time helps health workers ensure that you do not experience any post-session side effects and gives you time to adjust, process any insights from your session and prepare to head home. Your healthcare provider will discuss any further SPRAVATO treatments with you and help you determine the best course going forward.
How Spravato is Administered
SPRAVATO is delivered in a nasal spray, similar to common nasal decongestants. This delivery method makes SPRAVATO uniquely easy to administer, requiring no IVs or injections. Patients will administer SPRAVATO themselves, with a healthcare professional attending to provide support as needed. Your medical professional will demonstrate how to use the SPRAVATO nasal spray device before treatment properly and will remain on hand to assist you throughout your session.
Safety & Side Effects
SPRAVATO™ nasal spray has been successfully evaluated for safety in short- and long-term clinical trials of adults diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression.
SPRAVATO™ may cause sleepiness (sedation), fainting, dizziness, spinning sensation, anxiety, or feeling disconnected from yourself, your thoughts, feelings, space, and time (dissociation).
These side effects may occur right after treatment and typically go away the same day.
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