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What are the negative effects of ketamine on the nervous system?

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Don't try it at home: Ketamine acts as an anesthetic that causes sedation and can put you to sleep .It acts on the cortex and other brain structures. Acting through the brain it can cause depressed breathing, low blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, confusion, hallucinations, jerky muscle movements . It wipes out recent memory. If not administered by a skilled doctor it can be fatal

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A 48-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the negative effects of ketamine on the nervous system?

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Dr. Neil Manago
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Several potential: The primary CNS action of ketamine appears to be a non-competitive block of n-methyl-d-aspartate receptors. High incidence of adverse side effects, including anxiety, chest pain, palpitations, agitation, rhabdomyolysis, flashbacks, delirium, dystonia, psychosis, schizophenic-like symptoms, dizziness, vomiting, seizures, and paranoia.

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