Ketamine Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Avoid alcoholic drinks; they can make you more dizzy.
Side Effects to watch for
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in vision
- fast heartbeat
- hallucination, loss of contact with reality
- signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
- uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
- unusually slow heartbeat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- excessive saliva production
- upset stomach
What may interact with this drug?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antihistamines for allergy, cough, and cold
- certain medicines for blood pressure
- certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- general anesthetics
- medicines that relax muscles for surgery
- narcotic medicines for pain
- phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
- theophylline; aminophylline
- thyroid hormones