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Naloxone injection is a medicine used to reverse the life-threatening effects of opioid (narcotic painkiller) overdose. Naloxone injection may be used for other conditions, determined by your healthcare provider. Naloxone injection is administered intravenously (into a vein), intramuscularly (into the muscle), or subcutaneously (just below the skin).
How does this medication work?
Naloxone injection works by blocking the effects of opioids.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By blocking the effects of opioids, naloxone injection may reduce its life-threatening effects, such as respiratory depression.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Side effects may include: changes in your blood pressure, fluid in your lungs, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, sweating, seizures, body aches, fever, nervousness, weakness, diarrhea.
Your healthcare provider will not administer naloxone injection to you if you are allergic to it or to any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with naloxone injection. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.
Children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her condition and body weight.
Your healthcare provider will administer naloxone injection to you.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
If naloxone injection is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining naloxone injection with the following: methohexital.
The effects of naloxone injection during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Naloxone injection should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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