Information about Naloxone
Naloxone is used in the treatment of opioid toxicity.
How Naloxone works
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. Opioid medicines are strong painkillers, which in high doses can cause life-threatening side effects such as difficulty in breathing. Naloxone works by blocking the effects of opioids leading to reversal of these side effects.
Common side effects of Naloxone
Dizziness, Injection site redness, Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), Decreased blood pressure, Headache, High blood pressure
Expert advice for Naloxone
- It is given as an injection into veins, muscle or under the skin by the healthcare professionals only.
- Naloxone might make you feel dizzy. If this happens, avoid driving or operating on machinery.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any pain killers, sleeping pills (sedatives), narcotic painkillers, or other medicines
- Avoid consuming alcohol while taking the medicine as it can affect the working of the medicine.