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Ketamine Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies the anesthetic drug ketamine hydrochloride (Ketalar®) as a Schedule III controlled substance, as it has a potential for abuse. Ketamine, therefore, has strict laws and regulations controlling how it is obtained and used.
 
This drug is approved for use by healthcare providers in a healthcare setting as an anesthetic medication for people undergoing certain medical procedures. However, it is sometimes used illicitly as a recreational drug, with the street names of "K" or "Special K." It is illegal to use ketamine in this manner.
 
People who abuse this drug can become psychologically dependent on it. Abuse can also cause tolerance, which means higher doses may be needed to produce the same effects. If you believe you may have a problem with ketamine abuse, please talk to your healthcare provider.
 
(For more information on the dangers of abusing ketamine, click Precautions and Warnings With Ketamine. This featured article takes an in-depth look at other potential safety concerns to be aware of with ketamine.)
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