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Ketalar Warnings and Precautions

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Ketalar

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to receiving this anesthetic include the following:
  • Ketalar may cause psychological reactions, such as a dream-like state, confusion, and hallucinations. Some people may experience unpleasant dreams, excitement, or irrational behavior. While these reactions normally go away within a few hours, they may persist for up to 24 hours after your medical procedure.
  • This medication should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider who is experienced in administering general anesthesia and in maintaining and controlling breathing during anesthesia. There are specific instructions for administering Ketalar to avoid certain potentially dangerous side effects.
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows your complete medical history, including any history of alcohol use, before your procedure. Some people may be more sensitive to the effects of Ketalar, including those who have:


    • Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Heart problems
    • Increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure (increased pressure of the fluid around the brain)
    • Chronic alcohol problems.
  • With a potential for abuse, Ketalar may be used illicitly because it produces an altered state of consciousness. Using Ketalar in this manner can be extremely dangerous. People who abuse this drug can become psychologically dependent on it. Abuse can also cause tolerance, which means higher doses may be needed to produce the same effects. If you believe you may have a problem with Ketalar abuse, please talk to your healthcare provider.
  • This drug may cause drowsiness, sometimes for 24 hours or longer. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do anything else that requires you to be alert for at least 24 hours after your medical procedure.
  • It is unknown if Ketalar passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the anesthetic (see Ketamine and Breastfeeding).
  • Ketalar is a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ketamine and Pregnancy).
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