What is ketamine?

2017-10-27T09:25:41+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic originally developed in the 1960s for use in veterinary medicine. It was soon adopted as an anesthetic for human patients undergoing surgery. Long used in clinical settings to anesthetize patients and to manage pain, researchers have recently found it to be an effective alternative to opioid painkillers.
As with many valuable medications that are safe in a clinical setting, illicit use of ketamine has led to tight regulations around its prescription and use. It’s important to know the difference between drug abuse and medical use. Receiving low doses of ketamine treatment in a clinic gives hope to patients who can truly benefit from appropriate, controlled doses.