Ketamine and Spravato are promising new treatments for patients who have failed to improve on multiple antidepressants. These medications work quickly: most patients experience improvement within hours or days rather than weeks or months. Additionally, Spravato has been shown to decrease suicide risk in patients with treatment-resistant depression.
Ketamine and Spravato are very similar medications derived from the same molecule. The major difference is that ketamine is either given through a IV or through a shot in the arm, whereas Spravato is administered via an intranasal spray. The other important difference is that Spravato is covered by many insurances, but ketamine is not (though this may change). For Spravato, we currently accept Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield MA, and Tufts (more to come soon). For ketamine, each sessions costs $575.
Luckily, ketamine has been around for decades as a medication, and has been shown to be well-tolerated. Adverse effects are uncommon, but can include nausea, drowsiness, and dissociation. This is why it is critical to have mental health professionals administer these medications in a safe and inviting setting.
This is not a problem. We will work collaboratively with your current treatment team. You will continue to see your prescriber as you undergo ketamine treatments with us. After your episode of care is complete with us, you will continue care with your former prescriber and/or therapist.
You will first schedule a brief, complimentary 15- minute consultation with us. Afterwards, you will see one of our mental health professionals for an intake visit prior to treatments. Each treatment afterwards will be 2 hours long. For the first month, you will receive treatments twice a week, and afterwards it will be once a week or less depending on your clinical response. Patients typically experience improvement in depressive symptoms within days.
Many clinics are not run by providers who have mental health training, a deeply troubling trend that puts patients at risk. Measured Wellness only employs high quality mental health professionals, many who have trained and worked at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry, and McLean Hospital. When it comes to your well-being, quality matters.
We have designed our workflow to ensure that our facilities are thoroughly cleaned to protect you. Each individual room will be cleaned before and after patient visits, and all employees will be wearing masks.
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