A simple drug can become a serious health problem and even an addiction, especially for adolescents. Find out what we are talking about.
A Canadian family decided that their teenage daughter should start orthodontic treatment because they not only wanted to improve the appearance of her teeth – which was already beginning to affect their daughter’s self-esteem due to the constant teasing she received at school – but also to improve her health because his breathing was affected by not being able to close his mouth completely.
When they started the treatment, the dentist told them that she would do some surgeries for which she would be using some anesthetics and analgesics. The procedures began and everything seemed fine until after a few months, the young woman began to show some strange symptoms: urinary problems, very frequent urge to go to the bathroom, pain in the lower abdomen, urinary incontinence, hardening of the urinary walls, bleeding when urinating, cystitis.
No doctor could find the cause of her symptoms and everything was starting to get worse, so the orthodontic treatment stopped and then the young woman began to feel better.
What had happened?
The Ketamine is a drug used as an analgesic or anesthetic in both humans and animals, especially for treatment of patients with depression or bipolar disorder, but it was found that their abuse is causing serious urinary problems that even lead to irreversible damage or until you lose your bladder. The first cases discovered occurred precisely in Canada and, later, in China.
David Gilliartt, a renowned UK surgeon, stated that “when ketamine reaches the bladder, it inflames it, causes pain, ulcers and other disorders. When you stop consuming it, the symptoms can increase or decrease, even years before they disappear, it all depends on each body.
Chinese urologists have found that of all ketamine users, only 30% develop all of the disorders described above.
What can we do to prevent this problem?
If you or your teenage children are going to receive any treatment or surgery that involves the use of anti-inflammatories or anesthesia, ask what type of drug will be used and the contraindications of the medication.
During treatment or after surgery, pay special attention to the urinary system. Drink lots of water to flush any residue from the drugs you took out of your system. Watch the time during which you will be taking the medicine and never go beyond what is recommended by the doctor. If possible, try to use other alternatives to reduce inflammation or relieve pain.
The greatest risk of ketamine use is when young people abuse this substance. They obtain it illegally and the consequences are fatal. For this reason, as in everything that relates to raising children, you must be very attentive.