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Synonyms: Ketalar | ketamine HCl
ketamine is an approved drug (FDA (1970))
Compound class: Synthetic organic
Comment: Ketamine is a rapidly acting ionotropic glutamate channel blocker with broad therapeutic application, approved in 1970. The structure shown is the racemate that is also used as the hydrochloride PubChem CID 15851. Of the two ketamine enantiomers, esketamine (S enantiomer) is being developed as a drug in its own right, but the less active arketamine (R enantiomer) is not. A recent report (Nature April 2016) implicated certain ketamine metabolites and their stereoisomers in different mechanisms of action . In particular, (2R,6R) 6-hydroxynorketamine seems to be responsible for NMDAR-independent antidepressant effects. The Nature paper authors filed a patent including some of the data .
Ketamine is on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines. Click here to access the pdf version of the WHO's 21st Essential Medicines list (2019).
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View more information in the IUPHAR Pharmacology Education Project: ketamine