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All About naloxone

What is Naloxone?

Brand name is Narcan® | Generic name is Naloxone

 

Naloxone is a medication that reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Sold under the brand names NarcanⓇ and EvzioⓇ, the generic drug Naloxone comes as either a nasal spray or auto-injector.


Naloxone is administered in the event of a suspected opioid overdose. However, it is not a treatment for opioid use disorder. Instead, Naloxone is a life-saving medication that keeps the person stabilized until emergency personnel arrives.

 

Think about it this way: If a person with heart disease has a heart attack, 911 is called and the first responders use a defibrillator(a life-saving device) to keep the patient alive. When the patient gets to the hospital, they are then given treatment, which could include medications, surgery, or counseling to prevent future heart attacks.

A defibrillator is not treatment for heart disease just as Naloxone is not a treatment for addiction.  In this example both the defibrillator and Naloxone both serve to keep the patient alive until the patient’s healthcare team establishes a long-term, individualized treatment plan.

How and When to use Naloxone
 
 
Insurance 
coverage:
contact your insurance company TO ask if naloxone is covered. 
NALOXONE
 Nasal Spray
WHO SHOULD BE TRAINED TO
ADMINISTER NALOXONE?
ANYONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
OVERDOSES HAPPEN EVERY 12.5 MINUTES.  
YOU COULD HELP SAVE A LIFE.
SYMPTOMS OF AN OVERDOSE CAN include any or all of the following:

4

Nodding off, appears as if person cannot stay awake

No response when you call their name or shake them. 

5

Skin may

be blue or clammy.

6

Blue/purple fingernails or lips.

1

Nodding off. 

Appears as if person cannot stay awake

2

Breathing may slow or stop.

3

An individual may snore loudly,

gurgle, or vomit.

If you find someone that needs  naloxone and you've been trained, you should: