SPRAVATO® (esketamine) CIII nasal spray is a non-selective, non-competitive antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor – an ionotropic glutamate receptor. It is a first-of-its kind medicine approved by the FDA in two major depressive disorder (MDD) subpopulations with high unmet need.1 SPRAVATO® is approved in the United States, in conjunction with an oral antidepressant to treat adults with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and to treat depressive symptoms in adults with MDD with acute suicidal ideation or behavior.
SPRAVATO® (esketamine) CIII nasal spray While SPRAVATO® and ketamine are chemically related, SPRAVATO® is not the same as IV ketamine. Only SPRAVATO® has undergone extensive controlled clinical trials that informed the FDA approval of the medicine for use in adults with TRD and to treat depressive symptoms in adults with MDD with acute suicidal ideation or behavior.
Patients’ first visit may be a consultation to discuss the details with a healthcare provider at the certified SPRAVATO® treatment center to determine if SPRAVATO® is considered an appropriate treatment option. If SPRAVATO® is recommended, the healthcare provider will discuss important safety risks and enroll patients in the SPRAVATO® REMS Program prior to treatment initiation.