What is Narcan or Naloxone?
NARCAN® is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes. Since most opioid overdoses occur in the home and are most often witnessed, having a NARCAN® rescue kit nearby can make all the difference.
If someone you know takes opioids or prescription opioids, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone for pain, be prepared for a possible life-threatening opioid overdose emergency. Please see Indication and Important Safety Information below.
What happens if you give Narcan to someone who doesn't need it?
What effect does Narcan have on someone who doesn't need it? Narcan won't have any effect on someone who doesn't need it (someone who does not have opioids in their body). So it's safe to give someone Narcan if you think they may have overdosed on opioids but aren't sure.
What drugs does Naloxone work for?
Naloxone only works on overdoses caused by opioids. This family of drugs includes prescription painkillers like OxyContin, fentanyl, methadone, and Vicodin, as well as street drugs like heroin. Naloxone will not reverse overdose resulting from non-opioid drugs, like cocaine, benzodiazepines (“benzos”), or alcohol.