What is Ketamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Ketamine-Lidocaine Infusion

Ketamine is a general anesthetic. It is usually used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, especially when cardiovascular depression must be avoided; it is also used for sedation and pain relief.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic pain syndrome 13 6
Pain 12 8
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 5 1
Major depressive disorder 4 5
Fibromyalgia 3 5
Bipolar depressive episodes 2 4

Show all 27 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
4
Mild
13
None
9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ketamine

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Dissociation 2
Drowsiness 2
Migraine headaches 2
Numbness 2
Visual hallucinations 2

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ketamine

Dosage Patients
65 mg every 3 months 1
160 mg every 3 months 1
36 mg every other week 1
50 mg every other week 1
15 mg twice daily 1
100 mg m,w,f 1
750mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Ketamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 8
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 5
Side effects too severe 3
Other 2
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Ketamine

Duration

Currently taking Ketamine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Ketamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 9
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ketamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Nerve Block (Sympathetic nerve blocks) 1

Patients stopped taking Ketamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Ketamine

Mar 28, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: it might work for you. I wasn't that lucky
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 15, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: it didn't work for me but it might for you.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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