New nasal spray at Med Center Health treats depression

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-A new depression treatment is being offered at Med Center Health for those who have not responded to other medications. 

Spravato is a nasal spray that is used in conjunction with an oral antidepressant. 

Spravato works to block activity of glutamate and helps stabilize the level of the neurotransmitter, which in turn re-establishes the mood circuit. 

One reason why Spravato works is it immediately reaches your brain. Traditional oral medications can be partially metabolized by the liver, losing some of the medication effects. 

“We’ve been making an effort to add treatments that are innovative, and offer advantages above and beyond the treatments available in the past,” said Psychiatrist Dr. Grau. 

The treatment is twice a week for the first month then once a week the second month. Some patients will go on to have more treatments. If you’re interested in the treatment, talk to your primary doctor or call 270-843-5103.