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Ketamine Side Effects

Common Side Effects

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including ketamine, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how frequently the side effects occur.
Some of the more common ketamine side effects may include but are not limited to:
    • A dream-like state
    • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't real)
    • Feeling outside of one's body
    • Confusion
    • Excitement
  • Nightmares
  • Involuntary eye movements
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A temporary rash
  • Pain or redness at the injection site.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while receiving ketamine or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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