To be honest with you I had never heard of this drug so I looked it up . I am surprised it would be prescribed at all. I am giving you a web site to read about this drug & what it is used for. Hope this is helpful... Mary
Hi dzokicyg! Welcome to Drugs.com!
Thank you so very much for starting this discussion! I am also very interested in knowing if others here have any user reviews in respect to FibroMyalgia pain management using Ketamine.
May I ask if you already know of anyone? How did you hear about this?
With much appreciation & anticipation from Wendy :)
Hello dzokicyg... my oh my... this sounds like one of my Mom's Czech words lol!!!
Welcome to the site!!! Listen honey... you DO NOT want to use ketamine in any way, shape, or form. Ketamine, as far as I know, (unless obtained on the streets under the name of Vitamin K among other names of which I do not know) is ONLY used by anesthesia providers in surgery. It is an anesthetic drug classified as a "dissociative anesthetic." It dissociates the brain from the painful stimulus. Ketamine is only ONE molecule different from LSD. In anesthesia it is ALWAYS given with a benzodiazepine, which in that setting, would be Versed or Valium. If not, patients can wake up with TERRIBLE hallucinations. These hallucinations can reoccur days to weeks to months to rarely years afterwards. It does not relax skeletal smooth muscle so it is not used in surgeries where there is a need for much muscle relaxation. It is well known to be used in burn patients and children. The scene will be visualized as the patient being wide awake with a staring gaze but not at all alert or communicative--- just "out there." Ketamine produces salivation and it also raises blood pressure and heart rate. Sometimes it is used in the trauma departments to support the circulation when there is much blood loss until enough blood can be infused.
Where on earth, dear girl, did you hear of this drug being used for fibro? As far as I know, this drug is a Schedule I meaning that it is NEVER prescribed for anything, like heroin which is also a Schedule I drug. I do not even know if it is available in a pill form.
I guess I have gone on too much but I felt that I needed to do some "educating" here.
Many veterinary offices are broken into specifically for obtaining this drug. Except for the purposes of using ketamine for anesthesia, as far as I know, it can only be found on the streets, which would make it completely ILLEGAL.
PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS DRUG... OK???
Okay... I am done with my soap box. I hope this has helped you and anyone who reads this understand the dangerousness of this medication.
I am so sorry for your fibro pain and hope that you can find other pain relief measures.
Be well and have a good day... pup
Hi Guys, Thanks for you answers ... to give you some light about it .. I have heard about Ketamine treatment for fibromyalgia since my firend has been offerred one in Australia where we live.Ketamine injections with valum ( I believe) . She did not accept it b/c she is able to control the Fibromyalgia pain with natural treatments, however I am not . I am on Cymbalta now and I don't like it either ... plus the pain is still there. It is offerred by the Public Hospital Pain Managment Clinic but till I get there it may be 12 mths or so ( long waiting list). I have research the internet and there are doctors in Germany ( may be even in USA) that do that ( quite expensive) and I have read testimonals of poeple who had Ketamine injections for different pains but did not found any with fibro. I am Polish ( there you go Chech similarity..) and I am searching for a doctor in Poland or Europe who would know anything about it... I am not keen to go to Russia or any other former Eastern Europe or Asia ... Please let me know if you hear anything ! Thanks Dzoki
Just found this thread and I thought I would pass on my experiences in case they are helpful to anyone.
I have been a Fibromyalgia sufferer for over 10 years and have tried a wide variety of different pain relief medications and techniques. After having tried Lidocaine Infusions for a year, my Pain Consultant decided to try me on Ketamine as "a last resort".
Ketamine has transferred from being an anaesthetic drug used by vets on large animals to a fast-acting pain reliever used by Paramedics etc whilst waiting for a dose of Morphine to 'kick in' on seriously injured patients. As an idea of how powerful it can be, my brother has assisted vets in gelding horses given Ketamine. Nothing odd there you may think except that the horse remains fully conscious throughout the castration and DOESN'T EVEN FLINCH!!!
I have now been taking Ketamine as an oral suspension 3 times a day for 3 years (but I am NOT gelded...
Yet!!! ). Personally, I have found its pain relieving ability (in conjunction with my other medications) to be quite effective and immediate but limited to 4-6 hours before wearing off.
HOWEVER, before anyone rushes off to their doctors to demand a prescription for it, a few words of warning. My dosage was worked out over the course of several months starting from 10mg/day and then slowly increasing the dose to find the best pain relief/quality of life compromise (basically trial and error). It then took me a further YEAR to get used to the side effects and balance pain against abilities. It has been the most difficult medication to manage that I have ever tried. The side effects are really pronounced and can even be scary and why the hell anyone would want to take it regularly as a 'Recreational Drug' is beyond me. Even now, after 3 years, it can still catch me out.
Ketamine is not a 'cure' for the pain of Fibromyalgia by any means, it is a tool to try to keep the pain tolerable and allow sufferers the chance of some semblance of normality for a few hours at a time.
Yes I have. I have been having ketamine for close to a year now. Before I got started on Ketamine I was in bed or in recliner most of the entire day in so much unbariable pain. I have been living a pretty normal life with very little pain since around my 3rd. or 4th. injection of Ketamine. I can't believe what Ketamine has done for my Fibromyalgia pain. But, as of today my Dr.'s office
has decided to stop the Ketamine clinic because they don't think they make enough money off of it. They don't care about the patients as much as their wallets. So, I was on the computer to try and find another option for getting my Ketamine Infusions. I don't want to go back to my children having to take care of me again. I have my first grandbaby on the way and I have to be able to take care of him. I got on computer as soon as they called me today to try and find another option for infusions. Does anyone have any idea where I can find somewhere that does do Ketamine Infusions around the S.C. area.
Yes, I have had Ketamine treatment in some form for 4 years. I would not be able to get out of bed without it. I had been in the bed in severe pain for about 1-2 years before I was introduced to this amazing drug. I first was started on the every 2 weeks injection through a 2 hour IV infusion. Then my Dr's office stopped the Ketamine Clinic. Within 2 weeks I was in severe pain again, which would have been the my follow up injection time. I was calling the office, researching my choices, and thinking of how I would get to Charlotte N.C. or Atlanta Ga. every 2 weeks to get infusions. Whatever it took to get my miracle medicine.
My Dr's office came through for me and the other patients and started giving us prescriptions for the nose spray. It put me back on my feet by the next day after my first three squirts. The script has to be filled at a hand mix scripts company. It cost me around $125. a month, insurance doesn't pay for this type of hands on prescription preparation. ??? But I will pay it, couldn't enjoy my family, grandchildren, or life without it. Hope this helps. Best Luck to you.
Ketamine infusions are available to selected people in Australia. It is administered in hospital with close monitoring. It is not available in any other form. GP's cannot prescribe it. Drug prescription regulations here in Australia are very strict. It is very difficult to get strong pain relief drugs. With regards to Ketamine infusions for treatment of Fibromyalgia, my pain specialist has told me that some people respond very well and others do not. It's trial and error. I will be having my first infusion combined with Magnesium, as my Fibromyalgia symptoms are so severe that I can barely function on a day to day basis. Hoping I will be one of those people that respond really really well to the treatment. I need my life back!
- Ketamine Information for Consumers
- Ketamine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ketamine (detailed)
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