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Ketalar Dosage

When receiving anesthesia with Ketalar, the dosage will depend on various factors, such as your weight, the reason you are receiving it, and how you respond to the drug. Ketalar can be administered intravenously into a vein or intramuscularly into a muscle. This medication is a short-acting form of anesthesia, lasting for 5 to 25 minutes unless additional doses are given.

An Introduction to Dosing With Ketalar

The dosage of Ketalar® (ketamine hydrochloride) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The reason you are receiving Ketalar
  • Your weight
  • How you respond to the medication
  • How it is administered (into a vein or a muscle)
  • Other medications given with Ketalar.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Ketalar Dosage for Inducing General Anesthesia

The initial intravenous (IV) dosage of Ketalar for general anesthesia is usually between 1 mg and 4.5 mg per kg of body weight (about 0.5 mg to 2 mg per pound). The average amount used to provide 5 to 10 minutes of anesthesia is 2 mg per kg (about 1 mg per pound). Ketalar is usually administered slowly, over 60 seconds.
 
Ketalar may be given in lower doses and at a slower rate when used in addition to diazepam (Valium®). The standard initial intravenous dose of Ketalar in these cases is 1 mg to 2 mg per kg of body weight (about 0.5 mg to 1 mg per pound) at a rate of 0.5 mg per kg per minute. Diazepam 2 mg to 5 mg is given separately, via IV, over a 60-second period. Up to 15 mg of diazepam may be needed. This dosing strategy may help reduce some of the mental and mood side effects of Ketalar.
 
The initial intramuscular (IM) dosage of Ketalar for general anesthesia is between 6.5 mg and 13 mg per kg of body weight (about 3 mg to 6 mg per pound). The average amount used to provide 12 to 25 minutes of anesthesia is 10 mg per kg (about 5 mg per pound).
 
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