Precautions

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

It is very important that your doctor check your progress very closely while you are receiving this medicine to see if it is working properly and to allow for a change in the dose. Your doctor will monitor your blood, heart function, blood pressure, and breathing after receiving this medicine.

Ketamine may cause serious reactions (eg, brain or nerve problems) to children younger than 3 years of age. Discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned.

This medicine may cause liver problems. Tell your doctor right away if you have bloating of stomach, dark urine, light-colored stools, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, yellow eyes or skin.

This medicine may make you dizzy, drowsy, or confused for several hours. It may also cause problems with your ability to think. If you have had outpatient surgery, you will need someone to drive you home.

This medicine may make you have unusual thoughts or behaviors after the surgery. You might feel confused or excited, or you might see or hear things that are not really there. You might feel as if you are dreaming while you are awake. Call your doctor if these thoughts or behaviors are severe or last longer than 24 hours.

Wait at least 24 hours after you receive this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that make you drowsy or less alert). Some examples of CNS depressants are barbiturates or medicine for seizures or other anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics. Check with your medical doctor or dentist before taking any of the above while you are receiving this medicine.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.