Ketamine / K
Drug Class:Dissociative anesthetic.
Individual drugs:ketamine, ketalar, ketastat.
Common Terms:Ketamine, K, Special K, cereal.
- Ketamine is typically sold as a white powder (it looks like salt) typically by the vial.
- Ketamine is typically snorted in small lines or as bumps.
- It can be injected, swallowed or smoked.
- In small "bumps" K can cause relaxation and tingling sensations in the extremities.
- In higher amounts one may go on an intense psychological journey or trip.
Overdose and other negative effects:
- Immediate negative effects can be from entering a K-hole.
- Physical harm from falling.
- Nausea, especially when mixed with alcohol, or if food is eaten before using.
- Physical addiction.
Dangerous Drug Combinations:
- Mixing with other downers or alcohol.
HIV Medications & Ketamine
- Protease Inhibitors (PIs) can increase the intensity and duration of K’s effects, with increased duration of sedation and higher blood pressure.
- Elvitegravir/Cobicistat/TDF/FTC (Stribild) also has this effect.
- If you use K and are on PIs you can go into a K-hole more easily.
- Ritonavir/Norvir can increase risk of drug-induced hepatitis.
- If ketamine makes you throw up within an hour of taking HIV medication, it is recommended to that you take a dosage of your HIV meds again.
Sex on Ketamine:
- Feelings of connection and empathy are fairly common; however, you may feel more numb to pain, increasing the possibility of mucosal tears during rougher sex
- Ongoing consent is an important consideration as it can be difficult to communicate with sex partners once high
- Psychedelic drug effect sex drive and sexuality activity very differently for different people