Ketamine is a schedule III controlled substance used before surgery or a medical or dental procedure to produce loss of consciousness. It is also used by veterinarians as a medicine to treat animals.
Ketamine is classified as an NMDA receptor antagonist. Like other drugs of this class such as Phencyclidine (PCP), it induces a state referred to as dissociative anesthesia and is used as a ‘Date Rape Drug’. This drug is a type of anesthetic. Read more on drugs and their effects.