Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drug, C19H21NO4, used as an antagonist to narcotic drugs, such as morphine.

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  • n. A drug used to counter the effects of an overdose on opioids (such as heroin or morphine).

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  • n. a potent narcotic antagonist (trade name Narcan) especially effective with morphine

Etymologies

Short for N-allyldihydrohydroxynormorphinone, its chemical name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Treatment with naloxone is controversial and has been reported to cause hypertension. 3-5 However, transient hypertension can be seen from clonidine alone.

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  • It's called naloxone -- and I've written about it previously here and here.

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  • The nasal spray is a drug called naloxone, or Narcan.

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  • Victims can be revived without lasting effects if the antidote -- a drug called naloxone (brand: Narcan) -- is given early enough.

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  • They then switched to another antidote called naloxone, and that is an antidote that is specifically used to treat drug overdose, specifically heroin or other opiates, and that apparently, according to reports received by U.S. officials, did work with many of the victims.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2002

  • The budget also ignores life-saving harm reduction measures such as naloxone-distribution and heroin assisted treatment, widely viewed around the world as a necessary part of any balanced, evidenced based drug strategy.

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  • Further, the current therapy to overcome the respiratory depression of administering ╬╝-opiate receptor antagonists, such as naloxone, has the distinctly undesirable effect of removing analgesia.

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  • * Opioid antagonists such as naloxone and nelmefene

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  • Solutions to the crisis exist; cost-neutral and cost-effective measures such as Good Samaritan 911 laws and expanded access to the lifesaving overdose reversal medication naloxone help reduce overdose deaths.

    Amy Winehouse: Reflections from Two Drug Policy Activists

  • We need as many potential solutions on the table as possible, including things that reduce the risks of accidental fatal overdose, like the overdose reversal medication naloxone and physician-monitored prescribed heroin maintenance programs.

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  • Wowee, I wasn't aware of the medical meaning of antagonist that WordNet uses.

    February 17, 2009