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Ketamine is a custom pharmacy drug that is classified in the family of drugs known as dissociative anesthetics. It is primarily used to induce anesthesia, to relax and comfort patients during and after certain medical procedures. Ketamine is best utilized in surgical or diagnostic procedures that are limited in duration. Ketamine is a powerful drug and is a controlled substance as its hallucinogenic qualities have made it a popular street drug in spite of the many dangers of using it recreationally. When used in a controlled medical setting, ketamine is generally considered safe for use for most patients. Ketamine is used heavily in veterinary medicine.


Ketamine is most often administered in two ways—as an intravenous or intramuscular injection, or as an intravenous solution delivered slowly. Most patients will receive their dosage of ketamine in a clinical setting—hospital or doctor's office, etc.—administered by a trained healthcare provider. If you have questions about the risks of using ketamine, ask your doctor for an overview of the benefits versus the risks.


Ketamine can produce side effects in some patients, though others may be fortunate and experience zero side effects. Until you begin taking a drug it is impossible to know exactly how it will affect you so watch for any side effects and report them to your doctor right away if they are lingering, worsening, or seem severe or troubling to you. Common side effects seen with ketamine are:

  • Upset Stomach
  • Feeling Sleepy
  • No Appetite
  • Vomiting

Allergic Reaction Warning:

Any allergic reaction to a drug is serious and warrants immediate medical attention. Some of the possible warning signs of an allergic reaction to ketamine are as follows:

  • Rash and/or Hives
  • Swelling of Face, Mouth, Tongue, Lips, or Throat
  • Itching
  • Swollen and/or Red and/or Blistering and/or Peeling Skin (possibly with fever)
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Difficulty Talking
  • Tightness in Chest

Other Possible Severe Side Effects:

If you experience any of the following severe side effects, seek medical attention promptly:

  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Seizures
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Slow Heartbeat
  • Abnormal Heartbeat
  • Eyesight Changes
  • Uncontrolled Eye Movements
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations


Ketamine is a strong drug thus anyone considering its use should first consult with his or her primary care doctor and undergo a full medical review to ascertain as to whether ketamine is safe, and optimum, for his or her use in treatment.

Ask your doctor about possible contraindications as there are many diseases, drug interactions, medical conditions, etc. that may contraindicate the use of ketamine.

Ketamine is contraindicated for anyone who suffers from any of the following conditions, diseases, habits, or other:

  • Spinal Fluid Pressure
  • Extreme and Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Lung Function
  • Confusion or Delirium
  • Habit of Drinking Alcohol to Excess
  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Glaucoma
  • Increase in Eye Pressure
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain Swelling
  • Symptoms of Heart Failure

Ketamine is classified as a Category B medication and is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy but only your doctor can decide if it is safe for you as an individual, based on your health status. Do not take ketamine if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy unless you have consulted with your doctor and he or she has deemed its use necessary for your treatment.

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