Fast Five Quiz: Ketamine

Mary L Windle, PharmD


May 23, 2019

Intraoperative norepinephrine and ketamine should be used cautiously and is contraindicated in situations where increased blood pressure would be hazardous (eg, hypertension, stroke, head trauma, intracranial bleeding). The most common adverse effects associated with IV ketamine (Ketalar) include:

  • Emergence reactions

  • Hypertension

  • Increased cardiac output

  • Increased intracranial pressure

  • Tachycardia

  • Tonic-clonic movements

  • Visual hallucinations

  • Vivid dreams

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