Ketamine: Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks

  title={Ketamine: Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks},
  author={R. Kohrs and M. Durieux},
  journal={Anesthesia & Analgesia},
  • R. Kohrs, M. Durieux
  • Published 1998
  • Medicine
  • Anesthesia & Analgesia
  • K etamine has a special position among anesthetic drugs. It was introduced into clinical practice >30 yr ago with the hope that it would function as a “monoanesthetic” drug: inducing analgesia, amnesia, loss of consciousness, and immobility. This dream was not fulfilled because significant side effects were soon reported. With the introduction of other IV anesthetic drugs, ketamine’s role diminished rapidly. However, it is still used clinically for indications such as induction of anesthesia in… CONTINUE READING
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