Commonly Abused Drugs Ketamine Quick Facts

Ketamine Formula and History

  • C13H16CINO is the molecular description of this compound chemical
  • Ketamine was first produced as a surgical anesthetic in 1962 by a pharmaceutical lab called Parke Davis
  • It fell into disuse as the patients that it was used on were waking up crazy
  • Currently still used as a veterinary anesthetic, and in rare cases of severe burn trauma in humans.
  • Classed as a dissociative anesthetic, meaning it causes the user to disassociate with reality, the body, surroundings, etc.

Addiction to Ketamine

  • Most users of Ketamine will not become addicted to it, simply because the experience can be frightening and negative and there is no desire to repeat it.
  • Some users become extremely addicted and suffer dramatic negative changes in their physical and mental health as a result of Ketamine use.
  • After repeated use of Ketamine the after effects are extremely hard to bear and seeking relief from the after effects is is what drives the addiction to continue.

Short Term Effects of Ketamine

  • paralysis of muscles, can't move
  • reduces all feelings in the body, giving the feeling of separating from the body
  • some users describe a sensation of thinking they have died
  • floating sensation
  • distorted reality, sounds, colours, perception of objects and surroundings
  • loss of feeling lasts about half an hour to an hour, other effects last longer
  • also known as the date-rape drug, due to paralysis effect and memory black out

Long Term Effects of Ketamine

  • bladder damage and eventually is destroyed,  is very common in Ketamine users
  • urinary tract damage as well
  • lesions in the brain tissue, i.e. small holes where the brain has been eroded over time by the repeated use of Ketamine
  • loss of memory (amnesia)
  • respiratory problems, sometimes fatal
  • mental dysfunction, i.e. learning disabled
  • can induce seizures due to the effects on the brain

Treatment for Ketamine Addiction

  • Ketamine use is considered fairly unforgiving as far as damage to the sensitive internal organs, such as the bladder and brain.
  • But stopping the use of Ketamine can at least halt the damage while the body still has the ability to begin to repair and stabilize.
  • This is best done in a treatment facility that can monitor changes and hopefully improvements to things like bladder function, and cognitive improvement.
  • Addiction to Ketamine is driven by the extreme after effects of the drug.
  • The addict must be given new ways to rekindle their own  fire and ability to live well without artificial means.
  • This is very key to recovering from Ketamine addiction and these methods can be found in drug addiction treatment facilities that are conversant with the needs of a person recovering from Ketamine addiction.


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