Even though we may all visit the hospitals occasionally when we fall sick, we may not have a complete understanding or insight on some of the drugs they use in the hospitals like painkillers or anesthesia. One such lesser known drug that is gaining popularity these days is the Ketamine.
In today’s article, we aim to throw light on the properties and uses of the drug Ketamine. This article will help you understand what does ketamine do for patients on whom it’s administered and how to handle the drug safely.
This is why ketamine is used in various therapies like the ketamine infusion therapy which is found to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and some chronic pain etc. To know more about these treatments and to get to know the experience of people who have taken this treatment, you can refer the website of Mind Peace Clinic which offers these treatments.
What is ketamine?
Ketamine is one of the medicines used in the operation theaters and also during emergencies not just for its anesthetic properties but for interim pain relief. The world Health Organization has approved the use of this medicine and has listed it under the essentially used medicines.
Some information, recent scope and reasons for increased use of Ketamine
Over the recent past, ketamine has however gained more use and more importance. It is found to be effective in treating certain conditions like intense headaches such as migraines, PTSD etc., due to its pain-relieving properties.
Apart from its pain-relieving properties, ketamine is found to have many other effects on its users. It is known to produce temporary loss of memory transiently. Certain doses of ketamine will produce dissociative effects and will alter the perception and the way one thinks. For this reason, it is highly prone to be abused as a drug.
These are the effects of ketamine in human body
- Ketamine causes bronchodilation in humans. Due to this, it causes the air flow to the lungs increase.
- It also induces some cardiovascular reactions, which may change the heart rate and increase blood pressure.
- In some cases, it may cause nausea and vomiting in patients, which is more related to the dosage of the drug.
How Ketamine works in your body?
Ketamine has the pain relieving and antidepressant properties that we already know. However, do you know how exactly it works? This is still unclear and so we only have a hypothetical explanation. It is believed to block the NMDA receptor of our body, interacts with the AMPA receptors and activates the mTor molecules that in turn produce the G proteins. This helps nerve cell to produce more glutamate.
Ketamine also reduces the nitric oxide production and communicates with the opioid receptors which overall reduces the sensation on pain.
I hope you will remember this information on ketamine and that it will help you in your decision making. When used in the right way, ketamine is one of the widely useful modern medicines.