naloxone

noun
nal·​ox·​one | \ na-ˈläk-ˌsōn How to pronounce naloxone (audio) \

Definition of naloxone

: a synthetic potent antagonist of narcotic drugs (such as morphine and fentanyl) that is administered especially in the form of its hydrochloride C19H21NO4·HCl

Note: Naloxone is administered by injection or as a nasal spray to reverse the effects of opioids especially in the emergency treatment of opioid overdose. It is also administered in combination with buprenorphine in the form of a dissolvable tablet placed under the tongue or a film placed inside the cheek to treat opioid dependence.

Examples of naloxone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black pouches of the anti-overdose drug naloxone were copious, and nearly everyone was trained to use it. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Each state has a different law regarding naloxone and whether a person needs a prescription to get it. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 28 May 2022 A month after the launch, inmates were credited with using the naloxone to save the lives of two men who had collapsed after ingesting fentanyl, a powerful opiate. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Maryland began requiring public schools to carry naloxone and to educate students about the risk of opioid abuse in 2018. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Gollan said the victims were given Narcan, the brand-name version of the anti-overdose medication naloxone, the Times reported. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 12 Mar. 2022 The legislation also would increase the accessibility of naloxone and test strips while steering people who possess fentanyl into education and treatment programs. Geoff Mulvihill, Chron, 3 Apr. 2022 The legislation also would increase the accessibility of naloxone and test strips while steering people who possess fentanyl into education and treatment programs. Geoff Mulvihill, ajc, 3 Apr. 2022 As more fentanyl has hit the streets, health officials have found that more naloxone has been needed to pull people out of overdoses. Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of naloxone

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for naloxone

N-allyl + hydroxy- + -one

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“Naloxone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naloxone. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for naloxone

naloxone

noun
nal·​ox·​one | \ nal-ˈäk-ˌsōn How to pronounce naloxone (audio) , ˈnal-ək-ˌsōn How to pronounce naloxone (audio) \

Medical Definition of naloxone

: a potent synthetic antagonist of narcotic drugs (as morphine and fentanyl) that is administered especially in the form of its hydrochloride C19H21NO4·HCl

Note: Naloxone is administered by injection or as a nasal spray to reverse the effects of opioids and especially in the emergency treatment of opioid overdose. It is also administered in combination with buprenorphine in the form of a dissolvable tablet placed under the tongue or a film placed inside the cheek to treat opioid dependence. Trademarks for preparations containing naloxone include Bunavail, Evzio, Narcan, Suboxone, and Zubsolv.

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