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Naloxone Drug Information

Naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan®) is approved to reverse the effects of opioid medications. It can be used when an opioid overdose occurs or is suspected, and is also helpful for increasing blood pressure in people with septic shock.
 
Naloxone works by competing with opioids for opioid receptors. The drug produces no effects when it binds to opioid receptors. However, it prevents other opioid medicines from also binding to the receptors, thus blocking their actions.
 
Although the information on the potential side effects with this drug is vague, naloxone can cause problems like sweating, nausea, and vomiting. In most cases, however, reactions tend to be minor and easy to treat.
 
Naloxone comes as a liquid that your healthcare provider will inject into a vein, muscle, or under the skin. The effects may be shorter than those of some opioids, which means that the drug may need to be given in repeated doses until the opioid medicine is no longer active in the body.
 
(Click Naloxone for a more in-depth look at important information on this drug, including how it works and detailed information on effects, potential side effects, and general precautions.)
 
 

Naloxone Drug Information

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