Ketamine (Ketalar) Capsules
Ketamine (ketalar) capsule is ketamine in a capsule form. This ketamine produces an abrupt high that lasts for about an hour. It starts around 2 to 5 minutes after the dose has been smoked or swallowed.
The first feeling of the high the user will get is an overwhelming feeling of relaxation, sometimes described as a full-body buzz. Some users feel like they’re floating and some even describe it as being out of their bodies. Many experience hallucinations that can last longer than the anesthetic effects. ketamine definition.
Dosing & Uses
Dosage Forms & Strengths
injectable solution: Schedule III
- IV: 1-4.5 mg/kg slow IV once
- Alternatively (off-label): 0.5-2 mg/kg slow IV if adjuvant drugs (eg, midazolam) are used, OR
- IM: 6.5-13 mg/kg IM once
- Alternatively (off-label): 4-10 mg/kg IM once if adjuvant drugs (eg, midazolam) are used
- 50% of IV ketamine induction dose administered PRN, OR
- 0.1-0.5 mg/min IV continuous infusion
Ketamine Health Hazards & Side Effects
Ketamine (ketalar) capsule abuse can be linked with short-term and long-term problems:
- Short-term: Problems with attention, learning, and memory; dreamlike states, hallucinations; sedation; confusion; loss of memory; raised blood pressure; unconsciousness; dangerously slowed breathing.
- Long-term: Ulcers and pain in the bladder; kidney problems; stomach pain; depression; poor memory.
Ketamine common side effects when used medically are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diplopia (double vision), drowsiness, dysphoria (unease, restlessness), and confusion. There is also the risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases from shared needles.
Ketamine use can be fatal in people who are alcoholics or acutely intoxicated with alcohol. There are animal reports of an increased risk of toxicity when ketamine is combined with caffeine. Theoretically, this may be a concern in people who have consumed energy drinks, often done at nightclubs where ketamine may be abused.