Ketamine, originally developed as an anesthetic, is now used both medically and recreationally. In medical settings, it's valued for its sedative and pain-relieving properties, particularly in emergency medicine. Recreationally, it's sought after for its hallucinogenic and dissociative effects. However, ketamine abuse can lead to serious cognitive and psychological problems, and it has a potential for dependence....


Who would benefit from testing ketamine?

Testing for ketamine is important in clinical settings to monitor therapeutic use and prevent abuse. It’s also relevant in drug rehabilitation centers to ensure abstinence in individuals with a history of substance abuse. Additionally, ketamine testing is employed in forensic investigations, workplace drug screenings, and in scenarios where ketamine misuse is suspected, such as cases of unexplained altered mental states.

How long does ketamine stay in your system?

Ketamine is detectable in urine for 5 to 14 days after use, in blood for up to 24 hours, and in saliva for up to 24 hours. In hair follicles, ketamine can be detected for up to 90 days. These detection windows can vary based on factors like the dose used, frequency of use, and individual metabolic differences.

How long after use should you take the test?

For most accurate results, GetTested’s ketamine test should ideally be taken within 5-14 days after the last use.

What are the signs of ketamine overdose?

  • Severe confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme drowsiness or unconsciousness
  • Hallucinations and delirium
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Respiratory depression or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle rigidity or seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired motor function
  • Potential coma

Test(s) that measure/test for Ketamine

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