Ketamine

Ketamine

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    Ketamine is used by medical practitioners and veterinarians as an anesthetic. It is sometimes used illegally by people to get high. Ketamine can produce hallucinogenic effects, causing a person to see, hear, smell, feel or taste things that aren’t really there or are different from how they are in reality. When it’s sold illegally, ketamine usually comes as a white crystalline powder. It can also be made into tablets and pills or dissolved in a liquid. A number of clinical trials and studies are currently being undertaken to assess ketamine as a treatment for depression, early indications are showing good results.

  • Common Names

    Special K

    K

    Ket

    Kitkat

    Super K

    Horse Trank

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    How is it used?

    Ketamine can be swallowed, snorted or injected.

    It is also sometimes smoked with cannabis or tobacco. The effects of ketamine may be experienced within 30 seconds if injected, 5–10 minutes if snorted, and up to 20 minutes if swallowed. The effects of ketamine can last for approximately 45 to 90 minutes.

Side Effects of Ketamine

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Ketamine affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug (varies from batch to batch)

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Ketamine affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug (varies from batch to batch)

  • The following effects may be experienced:

    Feeling happy and relaxed

    Feeling detached from your body (‘falling into a k-hole’)

    Hallucinations

    Confusion and clumsiness

    Increased heart rate and blood pressure

    Slurred speech and blurred vision

    Anxiety, panic and violence

    Vomiting

    Lowered sensitivity to pain

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    The following effects may be experienced:

    Feeling happy and relaxed

    Feeling detached from your body (‘falling into a k-hole’)

    Hallucinations

    Confusion and clumsiness

    Increased heart rate and blood pressure

    Slurred speech and blurred vision

    Anxiety, panic and violence

    Vomiting

    Lowered sensitivity to pain

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    Long-term effects:

    Headaches

    Flashbacks

    Poor sense of smell (from snorting)

    Mood and personality changes, depression

    Poor memory, thinking and concentration

    Ketamine bladder syndrome (see below)

    Abdominal pain

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on ketamine

    Financial, work and social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Headaches

    Flashbacks

    Poor sense of smell (from snorting)

    Mood and personality changes, depression

    Poor memory, thinking and concentration

    Ketamine bladder syndrome (see below)

    Abdominal pain

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on ketamine

    Financial, work and social problems



Ketamine Overdose

Mixing Ketamine with other drugs

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    Ketamine + Alcohol or Opiates

     

    With the lack of awareness of effects of the depressant drugs, it may lead to taking too much and vomiting, slowed breathing, coma and death.

  • Ketamine + Amphetamines, Ecstasy and Cocaine

     

    Causes enormous strain on the body, which can lead to fast heart rate.

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The effects of taking Ketamine with other drugs– including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.