Disposing of Your Medicine
Discarding medicine safely can prevent medicine misuse.
Naloxone is a medicine used to reverse the effect of opioids. It is used to reverse an opioid overdose and possibly safe a life. It is available as a nasal spray and an intramuscular injection for use in the community. Make sure you know how to use the naloxone device before you leave the pharmacy.
If available, naloxone should be given to anyone who exhibits signs of an opioid overdose.
Naloxone should be given to anyone who has taken an opioid and is exhibiting signs of an opioid overdose.
Naloxone should NOT be given to anyone with a known allergic reaction to naloxone or anyone who is not suspected to have an opioid overdose.
Naloxone can be prescribed by your doctor. It may be covered by your insurance, similar to other prescription medicines. Designated pharmacies in Michigan can provide naloxone to individuals who request it because of the Michigan Naloxone Standing Order. This order:
There are different naloxone products available from the pharmacy. Make sure you know how to use the naloxone device before you leave the pharmacy.
If you have to use naloxone on someone who has overdosed on opioids, make sure you call 911 and follow the dispatcher’s instructions.
Contact your pharmacist for more information or to obtain naloxone.
Naloxone may cause nausea, vomiting, sweating, abnormal heart beats, withdrawal syndrome from opioids (body aches, fever, sweating, trembling, nervousness), and agitation. To learn more about the side effects of naloxone, contact your pharmacist.
Your insurance may cover naloxone. Check with your pharmacist to be sure.
Some organizations may provide naloxone to individuals who attend local training events. These organizations may have grants which support naloxone training for community, including access to naloxone for participants. Check with your local health department to find out if there are naloxone training events in your area.
Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.
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