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Ketamine is an anesthetic used for certain medical procedures. It can be used as a general anesthetic or to help induce anesthesia, and may also be used in combination with other anesthetics. The medication is injected into a vein or muscle. While most people are able to receive it without any problems, side effects are possible and can include mood changes and rapid heartbeat.
What Is Ketamine?Ketamine hydrochloride (Ketalar®) is a prescription medication approved for use as a general anesthetic during certain medical procedures. It is also approved to induce anesthesia (to "put you under") before other anesthetics are administered, or to be used in combination with other anesthetics. It is given as an injection into a vein or muscle.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, ketamine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Blurred vision
- Mental and mood changes.