What are the side effects?
Side effects can be dose-dependent and can become more noticeable at higher doses. Patients who are over the age of 65 may experience more side effects with this medication. These side effects usually resolve within 2 hours after the infusion but can occur up to 24 hours after the infusion was stopped.
Increased blood pressure (hypertension), heart rate (tachycardia) and drowsiness (sedation) are the most common reported side effects. Other side effects include hallucinations, double vision, increased pressure in the eye, and jerky arm movements.
Rare side effects include allergic reaction, irregular heart rate or slowing of heart rate, and low blood pressure. If you have a pre-existing history of hypertension, talk to your doctor about using ketamine prior to the infusion.
Do not stop any medications for hypertension before the infusion.
We strongly recommend avoiding driving or operating heavy machinery for 24 hours after your infusions.
Hallucinations can range from pleasant dreams to intense visual and auditory hallucinations.
It can also change behavior, and because of this, we recommend to having supervision for 24 hours after infusion and avoiding major life decisions for 24 hours as well.