The Dangers Of Ketamine Overdose

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Ketamine (often called K or Special K) is a tranquilizer often used for medical and veterinary purposes, but it’s also used as a recreational drug. Ketamine overdose can occur very quickly, and can have permanent effects for the drug user that include:

  • Coma
  • Permanent psychosis
  • Damage to organs and tissues
  • Death

Death often occurs in unconscious ketamine users who seek a high known as the “k-hole.” This occurs right before the drug’s effects are significant enough to cause respiratory depression or central nervous system damage. Ketamine overdose is extremely serious and should be quickly treated by medical professionals. Learning about the drug and the signs of overdose is very important if you or someone you know takes ketamine for recreational purposes.


Treating a Ketamine Overdose

Treatment for a ketamine overdose will mainly consist of supportive care, which involves treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for this type of overdose may include: 

  • Close monitoring of heart rate and blood pressure
  • Benzodiazepine medications for agitation or seizures
  • Mechanical ventilation for severely decreased breathing.

 It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you or someone else may have used too much ketamine.


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