Ketamine is something that is used since the ‘60s. It’s a very strong sedative and it is used in the medicine as well as the veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, there are records which show that ketamine has been used as a drug in the clubs. Recently, a funny thing happened. A nasal spray that has ketamine as its base has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and it has been used against depression. This is a bit ironic since people used ketamine at parties and snorted it.
There are studies which approve ketamine as a great treatment against depression. Some of the most famous companies like Johnson & Johnson, for example, used a slightly different substance from the original one and created a drug which contains ketamine and its name is esketamine. When they release it on the market its name will be Spravato.
It was tested compared to other drugs which are used in the treatment of depression and it was proved to be excellent as a nasal spray.
Still, it isn’t clear if the medicine will be approved because of its illegal use and the stigma that is surrounding it.
Depression can really be dangerous. People need to take medicines and be controlled in order to star feeling well. In case this drug is approved, the patient needs to be monitored by the doctor in a special office. This medicine will come with a label that it can cause dangerous side-effects like attention problems, disturbed thinking and judgement, sedation, suicidal thoughts or bad behavior. The patient has to be monitored for at least 2 hours after they’ve taken the medicine. Also, a form will be filled so that the doctor can be sure that the patient understands the drugs and the side-effects. Driving is not advised while patients are taking this drug.
Spravato shouldn’t be taken at home. All of the instructions should come from a certified doctor that will tell whether the patient can take the medicine and can continue taking it.
People won’t be able to buy the nasal spray in pharmacies in order to prevent its illegal usage. Only doctors will be the ones that can give the drug to a patient who will be supervised under strict rules. The doses that will be given to patients will be very low.
Patients will not take the spray at home under no circumstances. It will be given to them in offices certified for that. Every illegal attempt for it to be used will be prevented.