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Ketamine compound

My doc just ordered me a ketamine topical compound with lidocaine and gabapentin, has anyone used this? What are the side effects and were you able to drive while taking it? Thanks

Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014



  • I use a similar compound of Ketamine/Amitriptyline/Tetracaine/Baclofen. It works very well in deadening the sensations on the top of my feet. The only side of effect is that I'll get some eczema sometimes. I take a break from it when that happens. This compound allows me to where socks, stockings, and shoes. It has no effect on my ability to drive.

  • My hubby was just placed on compound of Ketamine, Baclofen, Gabapentin, Amitriptylene Clonodine and Tramadol. It has helped tremendously. He did have nausea and vomiting the first 2 weeks as well as dizziness but has been using for about 6 weeks and most symptoms are gone except for occasional nausea and no appetite. I hope itvworksxwell for you :)

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  • EMS GuyEEMS Guy Posts: 1,036
    edited 10/09/2013 - 3:17 AM
    It's actually a very good medication, but keep it locked up and I wouldn't advertise to your neighbors that your on it. Ketamine, or other words known as "Special K", Cat Valium, "K" are being abused a lot on the street. Ketamine is used quite frequently by Veterinarians for our pets. But, it also has an abuse factor. Since it is being compounded, it would be much more difficult to abuse, so that's good. You might want to get some vinyl or latex gloves to wear while applying it.

    I hope it works well for you!
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • jeffntatejjeffntate Posts: 58
    edited 10/14/2013 - 5:49 PM
    Like others, I have a prescription for a 6 ingredient compound that has 5% Ketamine. It definitely takes the edge off of neck pain, but doesn't get real deep to solve deep pain problems. But, I'm an advocate. And no side effects on your mind at all, since it is only local. It is a controlled substance, which I had always thought was wierd, but I guess the dope addicts have some way to boil off the other stuff to get the ketamine, so I guess it makes sense. Anyone who would ingest (eat or swallow) the compound is probably not long for this world anyways.
    Cervical laminectomy, facetectomy, and foraminotomy (3-6 of each) with instrumentation and cadaver fusion due to cervical spondylotic myelopathy, radiculopathy ,and spinal cord contusion - surgery done in April 2014.
  • For anyone wondering I would say almost the exact same thing as jeffntate, it takes care of some of the superficial pain but not the deep down pain or the sciatic pain. It works better than anything else I've used in the past 6 years.
    Microdiscectomy/Laminectomy/Foraminalectoy L4/L5/S1 Oct 2009, Mar 2012
    Laminectomy L4/L5/S1 Dec 2009, Oct 2012, Dec 2012
    Microdiscectomy and Synovial Cyst removal Feb 2013
    St Jude Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted January 2014

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  • I use a 5 med compound with ketamine and it works great. I have severe tailbone pain and I rub a nickels worth in and very shortly I am getting relief. The only thing I dislike is mine is very sticky and gets all over my clothes!
  • backbback Posts: 190
    edited 10/19/2013 - 3:05 PM
    Try Baby Powder about 5 minutes after you apply it. Works wonders for me.
  • I haven't heard of this topical medication. I just had the Lidoderm patches and I thought it just took the superficial pain away. Now I use a natural blend of essential oils, for me it works just as well as the Lidoderm.
  • We saw a new pain management doctor yesterday and he suggested it for my husband. We just received confirmation of the order today and he'll have it some time next week. I'm hoping it gives him some relief.
    Spine patient caregiver
    Rockaway, NJ
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
    edited 05/16/2014 - 6:21 AM
    as was mentioned it is a popular street drug, vitamin k and other names and pcp horse tranqualizer also. kids use it to get really really high. i was put on it once and i mean once and i had major side effects, dizzy, nausea and really spaced out. i had it in a lollipop form like my fentanyl lollipops but i would take the fentanyl anyday over the ketamine meds. i have not heard of too many doctors prescribing it due to the bad publicity associated with it. kind of like oxy. one can try and ask your pain dr for it but i am not sure if he would appreciate you asking for it or not. another drug the drs stay away from.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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