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How can ketamine affect your work or daily activities?

In New Zealand, ketamine is rarely prescribed to people. It is most often used in inpatient settings (like hospitals). If you are using ketamine regularly, be aware that even low doses of ketamine may still cause some impairment.

The effects of ketamine start from 5-30 minutes after taking it (depending on how you use) and the peak effects last for about 1-2 hours. If you re-dose, these effects will continue for longer. Some impairment from ketamine lasts up to 24 hours or longer.

Ketamine can put you in a dream-like state, make you sleepy, uncoordinated, and nauseous, so it is unsafe to drive, operate heavy machinery or do tasks that require fine movement. Ketamine can be particularly dangerous to use when working or doing everyday activities as it can suddenly make you unable to move your body or speak (k-hole).  It can also cause hallucinations or make you feel agitated or detached from yourself and reality. This can make interacting with others very difficult.  

When it comes to work, different jobs require different skills. If you are taking ketamine, have a think about what you might need to do well at your job, and what steps you could take to make sure you are not impaired.

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