Ketamine creates a dissociative effect, disrupting pathways in the brain that cause people to feel pain in the body. It is used as an anesthetic before surgeries. However, it does not cause muscle relaxation. For surgical procedures that require muscle relaxation, other drugs are combined with ketamine or an alternative anesthetic is used.
- Q Is it possible to overdose on ketamine?
- Q What is ketamine?
- Q How soon does ketamine take effect?
- Q What research has been done to assess the safety of ketamine for children?
- Q How is ketamine given?
- Q What should I know about ketamine before receiving it?