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"Ketamine is a cyclohexanone derivative used for induction of anesthesia. Its mechanism of action is not well understood, but ketamine can block NMDA receptors (RECEPTORS, N-METHYL-D-ASPARTATE) and may interact with sigma receptors." Source: MeSH

structure, image from PubChem

Alternative names

  • Ketaject
  • Ketalar

Usage Notes


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