Ketamine for pain: an update of uses in palliative care.

  title={Ketamine for pain: an update of uses in palliative care.},
  author={Eric E. Prommer},
  journal={Journal of palliative medicine},
  volume={15 4},
Ketamine is a lipophilic, general anesthetic. When given at subanesthetic doses, it also has been found to be an effective analgesic, with efficacy in cancer-associated neuropathic pain, ischemic pain, and regional pain syndromes. It can be administered orally, intravenously, subcutaneously, and topically, and interacts with several receptors important in pain management, most importantly the N-methyl-D aspartate (NMDA) receptor. Blockade of the NMDA receptor is associated with reversal of… CONTINUE READING
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