Between 1996 and 2010, Naloxone — the active ingredient in NARCAN® — reversed in excess of 10,000 opioid overdoses. Corebella Health & Wellness in Arizona has locations in Tempe, Glendale, and Scottsdale, where its experienced physicians and therapists help patients recover from opioid addiction and safeguard them from overdosing with the help of NARCAN. To find out more about the vital role of NARCAN, call the nearest Corebella Health & Wellness office today or book a telemedicine or in-person visit online.
NARCAN nasal spray contains Naloxone, a medication that can help to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are drugs that have the same kind of chemical composition as morphine, which comes from the opium poppy. Common types of opioids include:
Without immediate treatment, an opioid overdose is potentially life-threatening. An injection of NARCAN medication into a vein or muscle when someone has overdosed starts working in just a few minutes.
The most obvious signs of an opioid overdose are pinpoint pupils, a loss of consciousness, and respiratory depression (slow, weak breathing).
Other symptoms that might indicate someone has overdosed on opioids include a slow heartbeat and severe sleepiness or lack of response.
If someone overdoses on an opioid drug, one of the major concerns is central nervous system (CNS) depression. That is where the drug’s effects on your CNS (brain and spinal cord) slow down your breathing, heart rate, and other vital functions.
NARCAN reverses CNS depression, so you start breathing normally, and your heart rate increases. It comes as a single-use nasal spray containing one dose that’s ready to administer.
NARCAN’s simple design ensures that anyone can use it in an emergency, even if they’ve never had any medical training. However, it’s still essential for the overdosed person to receive medical attention as soon as possible.
If you don’t get medical treatment after receiving a dose of NARCAN, you might start craving your opioid of choice, particularly if you have an addiction. Some opioids stay in your body for as long as 12 hours, while NARCAN wears off in about an hour. If you take more opioids at this stage, you risk overdosing again.
NARCAN isn’t appropriate for drug addiction treatment and is only for use when someone has taken an opioid overdose.
Corebella Health & Wellness offers comprehensive drug addiction treatment, including heroin and fentanyl addiction programs. These programs feature selected talk therapies plus medications that reduce the severity of opioid withdrawal.
Like most drugs, NARCAN can cause some side effects. The most likely problem is symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which might include:
The higher the dose of NARCAN, the greater your chances of experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms.
NARCAN is a life-saving treatment that’s vital in safeguarding people with opioid addiction. For more information, call Corebella Health & Wellness today or book an appointment online.