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 effects 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.
Facts about Naloxone
- Naloxone has been approved since 1971
- Naloxone is not a controlled substance
- Naloxone is an inert medication, non-addictive
- Naloxone can be administered repeatedly without harm
- Naloxone has no potential for abuse
- Naloxone has a shelf life of two years
- Naloxone can be administered intramuscularly, intranasally via atomizer devise or via an auto-injector