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Naloxone Hydrochloride Solution for injection

It is used to treat narcotic drug overdose

Generic Name: naloxone  |  Brand Name: Narcan

Brand Names: Naloxone Hydrochloride Dihydrate, Narcan, Naloxone Hydrochloride

There is an FDA Alert for this drug. Click here to view it.

REMS:

FDA approved a REMS for naloxone to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. The REMS may apply to one or more preparations of naloxone and consists of the following: medication guide, elements to assure safe use, and implementation system. See the FDA REMS page ([Web]) or the ASHP REMS Resource Center ([Web]).

What is this medicine?

NALOXONE (nal OX one) is a narcotic blocker. It is used to treat narcotic drug overdose.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to naloxone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle, injection under the skin, or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as newborn for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • narcotic medicines for pain
  • nalbuphine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • high blood pressure
  • pain that was controlled by narcotic pain medicine
  • seizures
  • stomach cramps

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • aches and pains
  • diarrhea
  • fever or chills
  • irritable, nervous, restless
  • nausea, vomiting
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • trembling
  • weak

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: July 10, 2009
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