Precautions While on this Medicine
Before you receive ketamine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you
have a history of alcoholism.
It may take you longer to recover from anesthesia with ketamine if you have recently used
a barbiturate such as:
- phenobarbital (Luminal)
- secobarbital (Seconal)
Or a narcotic medication such as:
- fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic)
- hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin)
- oxycodone (OxyContin)
- propoxyphene (Darvocet, Darvon), and others
Ketamine may be harmful to an unborn baby. Before you receive ketamine, tell your
doctor if you are pregnant.
You may feel strange or slightly confused when you first come out of anesthesia. Tell your
caregivers if these feelings are severe or unpleasant.
Ketamine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions for 24 hours or
longer. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
You will probably not be allowed to drive yourself home after your surgery or medical
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity
after you recover from anesthesia.