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What do comedowns from ketamine feel like, and how can you feel better?

Similar to other hallucinogenic drugs, most users report that there isn’t a major comedown from ketamine. However, how you feel once ketamine wears off can vary depending on how much you took, how often you use, whether you mixed it with alcohol or other drugs and your individual body.

If you…


Have aches and pains

Are sweating

Feel irritable or agitated

Feel very tired

Feel apathetic or unmotivated

Experience low mood

Feel anxious

Have difficulty sleeping

Have headaches

Experience mild memory loss

Feel disoriented

Feel uncoordinated

Have mood swings

Feel a sense of impending doom

Have difficulty urinating or are urinating a lot

Try these things at home:

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Remember to eat and drink plenty of water.
  • Get moving to release feel-good brain chemicals.
  • Reach out and talk with friends and whānau for support.
  • Relax and do things that you enjoy to take your mind off not feeling well.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and other drugs.
  • Practice mindfulness, deep breathing and try writing your thoughts and feelings down.

Have migraines

Have changes in breathing

Feel confused

Feel paranoid

Have intense feelings of impending doom

Have an irregular heartrate or heart palpitations

Experience insomnia

Experience increased anxiety

Experience increased low mood

Have intense mood swings

Experience increased memory loss

Experience lots of pain in your body

Have pelvic pain or blood in your urine

Feel or act aggressively

Have impaired vision

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps.


Experience psychosis

Are acting violently towards others

Experience emotional distress

Experience delirium

Have suicidal thoughts

Attempt suicide

Call 111 

These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.


A Reddit user talks about their experience of coming down off ketamine:

“I had to drive home afterwards and expected to be fine as normally I feel like K flushes out pretty quick. I was wrong. I was 80% fine, but I had very obvious motor skill issues. If I had to perform a sobriety test, I am confident I would fail. I don’t think I had a headache, but I wasn’t clear headed. I ended up drinking a lot of water, a monster, some cheese, and half a can of salty peanuts. Waited 2 more hours then I was 99% fine”

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