Naloxone FAQ

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    Naloxone is a prescription drug that can reverse the effects of prescription opioid and heroin overdose. It can be helpful in preventing overdose deaths if administered in time.​​​

    Narcan® and Naloxone are chemically identical, however Narcan is the brand name form of Naloxone.​​

    You can administer Naloxone nasally or by injection into a muscle or below the skin of a person suspected of an overdose.​​

    Naloxone blocks opioids in the brain from binding to the receptors, alleviating some of the sedating effects of opioids. ​​

    Common symptoms are: unresponsiveness, clammy skin, discolored lips, slow or shallow breathing.​

    ​The out of pocket cost for naloxone nasal spray ranges between $70 and $150 for a two dose unit, depending on the formulation.​

    ​A pharmacist is allowed to dispense either two prefilled syringes in a kit for nasal use; a twin pack that contains two intramuscular naloxone auto-injectors, or a twin pack that contains two naloxone nasal sprays.​

    Health insurance drugs plans can vary greatly and many do pay some portion of the cost. Please consult with your health insurance to determine if they will cover naloxone.​​

    The pharmacist is required to provide counseling which covers prevention, recognition, response, and administration of naloxone.​

    It is not harmful to the person. Narcan simply has no effect if the person has no opioids in their system. More information can be found at​​

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