Trade Names:Naloxone Hydrochloride- Neonatal injection 0.02 mg/mL
Trade Names:Narcan- Injection 0.4 mg/mL
Evidence suggests that naloxone antagonizes opioid effects by competing for opiate receptor sites in the CNS.
Rapidly distributed in the body and readily crosses the placenta. Plasma protein binding is relatively weak.
Metabolized in the liver primarily by glucuronidation (major metabolite naloxone-3-glucuronide).
In adults the t ½ ranges from 30 to 81 min, while in neonates the t ½ is about 3 h. Approximately 25% to 40% is excreted as metabolites in the urine within 6 h, about 50% in 24 h, and 60% to 70% in 72 h.
Following IV administration, the onset of action is usually apparent within 2 min.
Duration of effect is more prolonged after IM injection compared with IV administration.
Complete or partial reversal of opioid depression, including respiratory depression, induced by natural and synthetic opioids, including propoxyphene; diagnosis of suspected or known opioid overdosage; adjunctive agent to increase BP in management of septic shock.
IV/IM/Subcutaneous 0.01 mg/kg. Dose may be repeated in accordance with adult administration guidelines for postoperative opioid depression.Opioid OverdosageAdults
IV ( IM/Subcutaneous if IV route is not available) 0.4 to 2 mg; dose may be repeated at 2 to 3 min intervals if desired degree of counteraction and improvement in respiratory function are not obtained. If no response is observed after administration of 10 mg of naloxone, question the diagnosis.Children
IV ( IM/Subcutaneous if IV route is not available) Initial dose is 0.01 mg/kg; may give a subsequent dose of 0.1 mg/kg.Postoperative Opioid DepressionAdults
IV Small doses are usually sufficient. Titrate dose in increments of 0.1 to 0.2 mg IV at 2- to 3-min intervals to the desired degree of reversal (eg, adequate ventilation without significant pain). Repeat doses may be required at 1- or 2-h intervals, depending on amount, type, and time interval since last administration of an opiate.Children
IV Inject in increments of 0.005 to 0.01 mg at 2- to 3-min intervals to the desired degree of reversal of respiratory depression. Follow recommendation and cautions for adults.Septic ShockAdults
Optimal dose and duration of treatment of hypotension in septic shock have not been established.
Store vials and ampules at controlled room temperature (59°F to 86°F). Protect from light. Use diluted solution for infusion within 24 h. Discard any unused infusion solution after 24 h.
None well documented.
None well documented.
Hypotension; hypertension; ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation; pulmonary edema; cardiac arrest; death.
Agitation; seizures; convulsions; paresthesia; hallucinations; tremulousness.
Sweating; injection site reactions; flushing.
Dyspnea; respiratory depression; hypoxia.
Coma; encephalopathy; withdrawal.
Category B .
May be given IV/IM/Subcutaneous in children and neonates to reverse the effects of opiates. IM/Subcutaneous route for opiate intoxication is not endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics because absorption may be erratic or delayed. Safety and efficacy in septic shock not established. It is preferable to administer directly to the neonate if needed after delivery.
Use with caution because of the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and concomitant diseases or other drug therapy.
Use with caution.
Use with caution.
Because duration of action of some opiates may exceed that of naloxone, keep patients under continuous surveillance.
Abrupt postoperative reversal of opioid depression may result in nausea, vomiting, sweating, tremulousness, tachycardia, increased BP, seizures, ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation, pulmonary edema, and cardiac arrest, which may result in death.
Use with caution in patients, including neonates of mothers suspected to be physically dependent on opioids because an acute withdrawal syndrome may be precipitated.
Seizures, severe hypertension, bradycardia, cognitive impairment, behavioral symptoms (including irritability, anxiety, tension, suspiciousness, sadness, difficulty concentrating, lack of appetite), somatic symptoms (including dizziness, heaviness, sweating, nausea, stomachaches).
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