The 7 Types of People Who Should NOT Get Ketamine

Here at Reset Ketamine, it’s no surprise we are passionate about ketamine. We are amazed and grateful for the transformation ketamine catalyzes in people’s lives.  However, we equally honor the Hippocratic Oath, which includes, “Do No Harm”. Unfortunately, ketamine infusions could hurt more than help in certain medical conditions.  

Here are the 7 types of people who should NOT take ketamine:

  1. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension). Ketamine is known to increase blood pressure, and in the setting of already high blood pressure the increase could get so high as to cause a heart attack or stroke. So it is important to have blood pressure monitored throughout your infusion.

  2. People with unstable heart disease (such as arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, etc.). Ketamine can increase heart rate and cardiac output (how hard your heart is working), which could worsen various heart conditions.

  3. People with untreated or uncontrolled thyroid disease (especially hyperthyroidism). In thyroid diseases such as hyperthyroidism, the body may already have an increased heart rate i.e. sympathetic overdrive which could be worsened with taking ketamine.

  4. People with active substance abuse. Ketamine can be used to treat addiction, however, infusions are given once the patient has detoxed or is off of the drugs the individual is addicted to. When a person is taking multiple drugs, the way their body may react may be unpredictable and potentially life threatening.

  5. People in an active manic phase of bipolar disorder. Ketamine can cause an altered mental state. If a person is already in an active manic state, ketamine could potentially worsen or enhance a worrisome emotional state.

  6. People with active delusions and hallucination symptoms (not taking prescription or while on street drugs). Similar to the point made in #5, a person can experience out of body experience or similar non ordinary state experiences when given ketamine. Ketamine could potentially enhance or worsen delusions and active hallucinations.

  7. Lastly, patients who have tried ketamine in the past and have had bad reactions to this medication.  If someone has been given ketamine for a procedure and had an adverse effect, we would suggest holding off. 

Fret not, if you find yourself in one of the above categories. Improvement or stabilization in your medical condition could potentially open the door for you to receive ketamine infusions later. Until then, we recommend to continue to take care of yourself by following up with your health care professionals and perhaps see you in the future!