While Ketamine may not be physically addictive, for some users it can be habit forming depending on the quantity consumed. Ketamine has been used as a pain reliever in veterinary and pediatric medicine.
Ketamine addiction symptoms vary depending on the mood and emotional state of the user. For example, if the user is in a positive frame of mind, happy and positive emotions will be magnified. Ketamine is hallucinogenic which means emotions such as happiness and anxiety are exaggerated. This can lead to trauma and nightmares.
Dosages of Ketamine need to be larger at the outset to have the same effect. The larger the dose, the more the user exposes themselves to risks.
Addiction results from ongoing, regular use. Taking Ketamine regularly reduces its effect. Regular users therefore require larger doses because they develop a level of resistance to the drug as a result of ongoing use.
After taking Ketamine for some time, when it cannot be easily accessed the user will become agitated and emotions such as depression, sensitivity and insomnia will be heightened. In some cases, the user may increase the dosage of the drug in an attempt to prolong and heighten its effects.
Ketamine has no observable symptoms in addicts after the user stops taking the drug. There are anecdotal accounts of restlessness in frequent users. This may however be due to the breaking down of a Ketamine product called Sedative Norketamine which is found in the bloodstream.
Ketamine addiction occurs throughout the United States. Many people are however unaware of the drug and its abuse, so it is difficult for them to identify the signs of addiction. Chemically, Ketamine is similar to PCP and abuse of the drug can result in the inability to speak, depression, isolation and unusual behavior. Although some symptoms of Ketamine addiction do not last, others such as slurred speech and abnormal behavior can last longer.
Another symptom of Ketamine addiction is that many addicts become isolated and do not interact with the environment around them. The addict’s priority is to use the drug until he or she is fully satisfied. This is a sign of a severe addiction and large quantities of the drug will be consumed.
Ongoing use of Ketamine can lead to speech problems and this can be a sign of addiction. Nausea and vomiting can occur when taken with food. A side effect of Ketamine use can be increased pain relief.
Other symptoms of Ketamine addiction include the following: constant dry mouth; respiratory problems including irregular heartbeat; anxiety; nightmares; double vision; muscle spasms.