How long does ketamine stay in your urine?


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Ketamine is detectable in your urine for up to 2-4 days. 

However, if testing for ketamine is specifically requested, norketamine, the breakdown product of ketamine, is detectable in both blood and urine for up to 7-14 days and possibly longer in heavy users. This would therefore prove that the patient had ingested Ketamine.

Ketamine in your system

It also important to recognise that Ketamine is not tested generally for in standard or advanced drugs tests. It is not included on the list of drugs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) used for employee drug testing purposes. The SAMHSA 5 includes the following drugs:

  • Marijuana, Hash
  • Cocaine (including crack)
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates (heroin, opium, morphine, codeine)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Ketamine is a powerful anaesthetic most commonly used on large animals. It can cause a loss of feeling in the body and paralysis of the muscles. It can also lead to a high that distorts reality, a detached feeling that separates mind and body and in some cases a near-death experience commonly known as entering "the k-hole".

    The main dangers of using Ketamine:

    1) Losing feeling in your body to the point that if you injure yourself you will not be able to feel it.

    2) Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems. Over-usage can lead to difficulty and pain when urinating, incontinence, and even the bladder to be removed completely through surgery.

    3) The detachment of the mind from the body can cause serious distress and panic that can lead to you hurting yourself and others.

    On 10th June 2014, Ketamine was moved from being a Class C to a Class B drug. It is illegal to have yourself, give to others or sell. Possession of ketamine could now get you up to 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine, while supplying ketamine to someone else could get you up to 14 years and an unlimited fine.

    More information can be found about Ketamine by clicking on the following links:

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