After the March 2023 decision by the FDA to allow for over-the-counter Narcan across the U.S., many have been looking for the answers to these questions.
Narcan, also known as naloxone, is a medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose by blocking the effects of opioids on the nervous system.
Narcan works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that opioids target, effectively blocking the opioids and reversing their effects.
Yes, the FDA has recently approved Narcan to be sold over the counter, making it more accessible to the public.
You will be able to purchase Narcan in drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, gas stations, and online.
Emergent BioSolutions, the manufacturer of Narcan, expects it to be available without a prescription by late summer.
Narcan can be administered to people of all ages, including babies, in case of an opioid overdose.
It is important to administer Narcan as soon as an opioid overdose is suspected. The FDA-approved version is a naloxone nasal spray, which should be sprayed into the nostril of the person experiencing the overdose.
Narcan is generally safe and well-tolerated. However, it can cause withdrawal symptoms in individuals who are dependent on opioids. These symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and agitation.
The availability of over-the-counter Narcan is expected to improve access to the life-saving medication, increase the number of locations where it’s available, and help reduce opioid overdose deaths throughout the country.
Many organizations and health departments offer training resources for using Narcan, including online tutorials and in-person courses. Check with your local health department for available resources in your area.
Remember to consult a healthcare professional for more information about Narcan and how to use it in case of an emergency.
Last updated: April 2, 2023