Signs & Symptoms
With the short-term effects of Ketamine, friends and family may not be in the presence of their loved one when they’re using Ketamine. Effects usually last from 1-2 hours and are usually used in party-like settings. However, some prefer to use it alone as it can cause intense self-reflection and a sedated mindset.
You may be able to identify someone abusing Ketamine. The longer it has been abused, the more severe many of these signs and symptoms become:
- Struggles with thinking or learning
- Muscle Twitching
- Separation from identity or body
- Slower breathing
- Changes in blood pressure
Ketamine detox requires medical, emotional, and psychological support. The first couple of days can be intense, and then symptoms fade with each passing day. Here are some of the things you can expect:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Violent tendencies
- Irregular heart rate
Withdrawal can be agonizing and dangerous, so a supervised detox in a recovery facility is recommended to keep you stabilized and as comfortable as possible. Once detox is complete, lingering cognitive effects still present will be addressed in recovery.
Dosing recreational uses of Ketamine is rooted in guess and opinion, so it’s easy to accidentally overdose. A Ketamine overdose is treatable if caught early enough, however, when not caught in time, may result in respiratory failure, and accordingly, death. The chances of overdosing increase significantly when combined with other drugs.
Someone experiencing an overdose of Ketamine may be suffering from involuntary sedation, fatigue, and a loss of the sense of what’s real. Be especially mindful if a mix of drugs has been recently ingested. If you suspect that someone you know is suffering from a Ketamine overdose, call 911 immediately.