Ketamine: Pharmacology Revisited - Pages 42-44

Somchai Amornyotin

Department of Anesthesiology and Siriraj GI Endoscopy Center, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand



Ketamine, an old intravenous anesthetic, is a non-narcotic and non-barbiturate drug. It mainly works by non-competitive antagonist at the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Ketamine has several properties of the ideal anesthetic agent. Therefore, its properties are interesting in various clinical settings, although it can produce the psychological adverse effects. This present short review aims to describe the pharmacology of ketamine.

Keywords: Ketamine, pharmacology, clinical.