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What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a powerful medication that was initially developed as an anesthetic and has been in use since the 1960s. It is known for its rapid onset and unique effects, leading to its classification as a dissociative anesthetic. Apart from its anesthetic properties, ketamine has gained attention for its potential therapeutic benefits in treating various mental health conditions, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When administered in controlled settings, ketamine has shown promise in providing fast-acting relief for individuals who have not responded well to other conventional treatments. However, due to its potency and potential for abuse, ketamine should only be used under the supervision of qualified medical professionals.

Unlike other medications used to treat pain, anxiety, and mood disorders, such as opioids (e.g., morphine) and benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax), ketamine does not affect breathing or cause a decrease in blood pressure. It has been proven effective in treating depression and lacks the side effects often associated with traditional antidepressant medications, like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which may include sexual dysfunction, weight gain, and disturbances in sleep and mood.

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