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Generic Name: Naloxone (nal-OX-one)
Brand Name: Narcan
Naloxone is used for:
Completely or partially reversing the effects of narcotics. It may also be used to diagnose overdose of narcotics. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Naloxone is a narcotic antagonist. It works by blocking opiate receptor sites, which reverses or prevents toxic effects of narcotic (opioid) analgesics.
Do NOT use Naloxone if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Naloxone :
Some medical conditions may interact with Naloxone . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Naloxone . However, no specific interactions are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Naloxone may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Naloxone :
Use Naloxone as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Naloxone .
Important safety information:
If you are addicted to narcotics and are given Naloxone , you may experience WITHDRAWAL symptoms, including abnormal skin sensations; anxiety; diarrhea; fever; goose bumps; nausea; pain; rapid heartbeat; rigid muscles; runny nose; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there; shivering or tremors; sneezing; sweating; trouble sleeping; and vomiting.
Possible side effects of Naloxone :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Naloxone :
Naloxone is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Naloxone at home, store Naloxone as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Naloxone out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Naloxone . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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