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Drugs.ie. (2023) Naloxone.

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Naloxone is an antidote used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, morphine and methadone if someone overdoses.

What is Naloxone?

  • Naloxone (pronounced na-LOX-own) is a prescription medication used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid drugs (for example heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone and fentanyl) if someone experiences an overdose.
  • Naloxone can help to keep a person alive until an ambulance arrives.
  • Naloxone works by displacing opioid molecules from their receptors in the body and brain.
  • There are two types of Naloxone available in Ireland

    Intramuscular Naloxone (brand name Prenoxad™)
  • A pre-filled syringe and needle which once assembled is injected into the middle outer thigh
  • Each pack is for SINGLE INDIVIDUAL USE only 5 doses of 0.4mg per dose

Intranasal Naloxone (brand name Nyxoid™)

  • A needle-free device that requires no assembly
  • Each pack contains 2 nasal sprays
    If both doses are required they are sprayed into alternate nostrils
  • Each nasal spray is for SINGLE INDIVIDUAL USE only
  • 1.8mg per dose...

[See the drugs.ie website for further detail and, also, the National Office of Social Inclusion website]

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