What is Esketamine Treatment?
Patients with treatment resistant depression no longer have to be trapped in a dead end. Esketamine is new revolutionary treatment that alleviates major depressive disorder – at times, within only hours. Esketamine is hailed as a completely innovative treatment that has helped a great number of individuals enjoy their lives without looking through a lens of depression.
Now you must be wondering, what exactly is this new revolutionary medication? Esketamine is drawn from another drug called ketamine. Ketamine has had a long-standing history of treating depression. However, the alternate form, esketamine, is much more intense and effective at reversing most symptoms associated with major depressive bouts. The advantage of having a more potent drug is that you can take a much lower dose, which in return, will cause a great decrease in any side effects a patient may experience.
Additional Benefits of Esketamine Treatment
In addition to being a phenomenal drug in treating resistant depression, esketamine also has several other remarkable benefits. Esketamine is an extremely fast acting drug that contrasts with most anti-depressant medications. Most anti-depressant medications take an upwards of a couple of weeks to have an effect. Esketamine takes only a few hours.
Research also suggests that Esketamine is able to counteract the harmful effects depression has on the brain. Over a period of extended stress, connections between brain cells become hindered. Esketamine has shown to ‘rejoin’ these connections, demonstrating a growth-promoting impact. Therefore, Esketamine not only alleviates effects of illnesses but also reverses the damage it has done over an extended period of time.
Possible Side Effects
Patients can encounter a broad range of side effects from esketamine treatment. The most unusual symptoms are the feeling of being out of reality and hallucinations. However, these limited side effects usually tip at 40 minutes of administration and dissipate within two hours.
Though short-lived, you can expect the worst bouts of side effects the first two times you receive the treatment. It will become much more muted in subsequent treatments. Some side effects to look out for after administration of therapy are:
- Increase in blood pressure
- Intense onset of headaches
If you are experiencing any symptoms of depression that are not subsiding with medications you have tried or want to learn more about the specifics of this treatment, consult with the physicians at Neuro Behavioral Center in Walpole, MA, to check your eligibility and suitability for esketamine treatment. Give us a call at (508) 660-1666.