Ketalar Side Effects
Generic Name: ketamine
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug ketamine. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Ketalar.
It is possible that some side effects of Ketalar may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to ketamine: injection solution
As well as its needed effects, ketamine (the active ingredient contained in Ketalar) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ketamine:Incidence not known
- Bloody or cloudy urine
- bluish lips or skin
- blurred vision
- chest pain or discomfort
- confusion as to time, place, or person
- difficult or troubled breathing
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- difficulty with swallowing
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- frequent urge to urinate
- holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
- irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
- not breathing
- pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- shortness of breath
- skin rash
- tightness in the chest
- unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some ketamine side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Incidence not known
- Double vision
- dream-like state
- flushing or redness of the skin
- loss of appetite
- pain at the injection site
- seeing double
- uncontrolled eye movements
- unusually warm skin
- weight loss
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ketamine: compounding powder, injectable solution, intravenous solution
Cardiovascular side effects have included elevated blood pressure and pulse rate following administration of ketamine (the active ingredient contained in Ketalar) alone. However, hypotension and bradycardia have been observed. Arrhythmia has also been reported.
Respiratory side effects have included stimulated respiration, although severe depression of respiration or apnea may occur following rapid intravenous administration of ketamine (the active ingredient contained in Ketalar) Laryngospasms and other forms of airway obstruction have occurred during ketamine anesthesia.
Ocular side effects have included diplopia, nystagmus, and a slight elevation in intraocular pressure.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included anorexia, nausea, and vomiting.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included enhanced skeletal muscle tone manifested by tonic and clinic movements sometimes resembling seizures.
Local side effects have included pain and exanthema at the injection site.
Dermatologic side effects have included transient erythema and/or morbilliform rash.
Psychiatric side effects have included anxiety, dysphoria, disorientation, insomnia, flashbacks, hallucinations, and psychotic episodes. A withdrawal syndrome with psychotic features has been described following discontinuation of long-term ketamine (the active ingredient contained in Ketalar) use.
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