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What Are the Long-Term and Short-Term Effects of Ketamine Use?

Created On Friday, 08, November 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

Ketamine is a potent sedative drug causing an intense dissociative effect. The drug is typically used as an anesthetic for animals but gained popularity in the 1990s as a club drug. Younger adults and teens mostly abuse ketamine. Frequent ketamine misuse can lead to addiction and health problems such as depression, delirium, hallucinations, and memory loss. Other long-term effects of ketamine use include kidney problems, stomach pains, and urinary tract dysfunctions. Ketamine can produce powerful results within minutes, and it is abused to relieve pain and cause sedation. Ketamine causes drug users to dissociate from their surroundings, and the hallucinogenic effects wear off faster than what LSD would create.

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Ketamine is harmful because it causes undesirable short-term effects such as nausea, high blood pressure, and rapid heartbeat. It is not uncommon for ketamine users to be abusing other drugs, and intravenous drug user often leads to other intravenous drug use. When ketamine is used it does cause most users to become unresponsive to the world around them, impairing reaction time. The regular use of ketamine does cause the drug user to become tolerant to the effects of the drug. When a tolerance has been developed for the drug, the drug user requires more, which increases the chances of an overdose. An addiction to ketamine is possible, and much of the addiction comes from the psychological effects of the drug.

Ketamine is a dangerous drug when it is abused, and like any other type of anesthetic, the drug prevents the feeling of pain, which can increase the risk of serious injury. People under the influence of ketamine have difficulty standing up and become confused about their surroundings. Injuries because of ketamine are often a result of falls because of losing balance. Ketamine has also been used as a date rape drug because of the sedative effects. In liquid form, the drug is odorless and tasteless and can easily be dissolved in liquid. When ketamine is used, it raises the drug user’s heartbeat and blood pressure, which drastically increases the risk of stroke or heart attack. The frequent and regular use of ketamine may cause bladder problems increasing the need to urinate and passing the blood through the urine. Much of the ketamine that is sold illegally is cut with other drugs, and the effects are unpredictable. If you are struggling with an addiction to ketamine, it is essential to reach out for help and find a program that will address your treatment needs.

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Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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