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Narcan

Identifier

024102

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination (20)

Background

The only reason one needs an anti-opioid is because one has been prescribed or given an opioid

A description of the experience

Naloxone, sold under the brandname Narcan among others, is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose.Naloxone may be combined within the same pill as an opioid to decrease the risk of misuse. When given intravenously, it works within two minutes, and when injected into a muscle, it works within five minutes.The medication may also be used in the nose. The effects of naloxone last about half an hour to an hour. Multiple doses may be required, as the duration of action of most opioids is greater than that of naloxone.

Administration to opioid-dependent individuals may cause symptoms of opioid withdrawal, including restlessness, agitation, nausea, vomiting, a fast heart rate, and sweating. To prevent this, small doses every few minutes can be given until the desired effect is reached. In those with previous heart disease or taking medications that negatively affect the heart, further heart problems have occurred. It appears to be safe in pregnancy, after having been given to a limited number of women. Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist. It works by reversing the depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system caused by opioids.

Most common Narcan side effects from eHealthme

  • Pain - (134 reports)
  • Stress and anxiety - (107 reports)
  • Anaemia - (87 reports)
  • Chest pain - (79 reports)
  • Osteonecrosis of jaw - (78 reports)
  • Injury - (78 reports)
  • Breathing difficulty - (77 reports)
  • High blood pressure - (77 reports)
  • Fever - (77 reports)
  • Dizziness - (71 reports)

On Feb, 03, 2017  614 people reported to have side effects when taking Narcan.  Among them, 20 people (3.26%) have Hallucination

 

The source of the experience

eHealthme

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Observation contributed by: Julie Usher