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Narcan in cardiac arrest

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
IM not so much: Narcan (naloxone) can reverse respiratory depression caused by opiate overdose, but if that has lead to a respiratory arrest causing cardiac arrest, t... Read More
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
In opiate overdose: But that is often late in the game, as your brain is much more sensitive than your heart to the lack of oxygen, and the arrest is likely to go poorly.

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Narcan (naloxone)....: Narcan (naloxone) reverses the effects of a narcotic overdose. So, if the cardiac arrest is thought to be due to a narcotic overdose, then Narcan (nal... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Arresting Narcan (naloxone): It depends entirely on the method of delivery and the interval circulation during the arrest. The medication will certainly do its pharmacologic acti... Read More
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Not completely: Narcan (naloxone) can reverse a narcotic overdose to a point. If someone takes a narcotic overdose, and it is enough to stop breathing, the lack of ox... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Once there is a : cardiac arrest other life-saving measures must be instituted. “There is no good evidence to suggest that naloxone improves outcome in patients with op... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: If the Narcan (naloxone) can reach the circulation, it will work. CPR can provide a reduced blood flow that is adequate to reverse the opiate. Injecti... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Yes: It is indeed possible. In fact, this is precisely the point of the medication. Once a cardiac arrest has begun, however, removing the effect of the op... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Maybe: If cardiac arrest is the result of infarction the angina associated with the event can be painful. If cardiac arrest is due to an arrhythmia you migh... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Avoid arrest: American heart assn. Has recommendations: diet is part of avoiding risk, non smoking blood pressure control lipids control regular cardiovascula... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Saurabh Shah
Cardiology 23 years experience
Heart stoppage: A cardiac arrest literally translates to heart stop. Ultimately this means that heart's main function to pump blood to vital organs has abruptly halt... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Heart stops: Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating effectively. The heart actually ceases to beat or the heart has other electrical rhythm disturbances i... Read More
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Heart disease: A cardiac arrest patient will rapidly lose consciousness, no pulse, no audible heart tones, no response to stimuli, the patient will also rapidly lose... Read More

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