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how does ketamine work?

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Dr. Alla Tamarkin
12 years experience Anesthesiology
Dissociative agent: Ketamine works on numerous receptors in your body inducing a trancelike state characterized by analgesia, amnesia, and sedation. Depending on the dose and if other drugs are taken in combination, ketamine itself should preserve spontenous respirations and protective airway reflexes.
Answered on Jan 19, 2019
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Dr. David Abramson
37 years experience Anesthesiology
Ketamine does, however, increase body secretions and cause hallucinations, particularly in young adults, so often it is administered along with agents that will prevent or reduce those side-effects. It is probably the only anesthetic agent that has amnesic AND analgesic properties, making it very useful in the trauma arena.
Nov 11, 2014

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