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Naloxone for Opiate Overdose

Naloxone hydrochloride (Narcan®) is prescribed in cases of an opiate overdose or when high doses of opioids are used, such as during surgery or for treating cancer pain. It is approved for use in adults, children, and infants.
Naloxone is also approved to diagnose a suspected opiate overdose, which means it can be used to tell if symptoms that resemble those of an overdose are actually caused by too much of an opioid medicine.
Unlike opioids, however, naloxone does not have the potential to be abused. It cannot be used to get high because it does not produce the euphoria or pleasurable effects that can happen when opiates are taken.
(Click What Is Naloxone Used For? to learn more, including how this medication works to reverse the effects of opioid medications. This article also discusses possible off-label uses for this opioid antidote.)
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