What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the e ects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing. It can be given as an injection into a muscle or as a nasal spray.
Naloxone has no potential for abuse. If it is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is experiencing an opioid overdose, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs.
Naloxone should be stored at room temperature and away from light. The shelf life of naloxone is approximately two years.