A 31-year-old female asked:
How long does ketamine stay in your system?
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Anesthesiology 27 years experience
Worried: Why are there so many questions like this on health tap? This is a controlled anesthesia drug! very dangerous in untrained hands.
Sedation in normal doses last 1-2 hours. In your system much longer.
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Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Depends on dose: Ketamine's drug level drops by 1/2 about every 2-2 1/2 hours. This is known as the half-life of the drug. At about 5 half-lives, the effect of a drug is usually considered insignificant. So at about 10-12 hours, the effects of ketamine from a typical dose is probably minimal. To some extent though, this is dose dependent. Large doses take longer to clear, small quicker.
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Last updated Feb 13, 2019
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