Ketamine

Ketamine is one of the most recent promising treatments for depression in recent years. However some people use it as a club drug; and when that line is crossed Ketamine takes over the brain. Ketamine was first used as an anesthesia medication during the Vietnam War. In low doses it causes sedation and pain reduction.


However abuse can lead to amnesia, hallucinations, dissociation, even cause difficulty with basic speech and movement. Abusers call this a “K-hole,” when they are close to losing consciousness.


Other Side Effects of Abuse:

  • Blood in urine

  • Difficulty with urination or frequent urination

  • Blue colored lips, skin or fingernails

  • Blurred vision

  • Tightness in chest

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty breathing or cessation of breathing

  • Convulsions

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Delusions

  • Fainting or dizziness

  • Anxiety and nervousness


Side effects are one thing, but abuse can even lead to a deadly overdose. If you or someone you know is abusing Ketamine, is addicted or showing signs of dependence, call The Control Center immediately.



Long-Term Ketamine Self-Injections in Major Depressive Disorder: Focus on Tolerance in Ketamine’s Antidepressant Response and the Development of Ketamine Addiction.Journal of psychoactive drugs. 08/2015.