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Is narcotic overdose common?

Is narcotic overdose common?

Prescription>illegal: There are currently more deaths occurring from abuse of prescription narcotics than from heroin. ...Read more

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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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How can I treat narcotic overdose?

How can I treat narcotic overdose?

Get exper assistance: Stay awake, ask friends to attend at all times until recovered. Administer narcotic antagonist cautiously go to closest er stop using opioid agents. ...Read more

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How does someone die by narcotic overdose?

How does someone die by narcotic overdose?

Stop breathing: Typically narcotic overdose affects the part if the brain that keeps us breathing while we are unconscious and individuals who overdose just stop breathing. Some narcotics can cause abnormal heart rhythms and death. Another common cause of death is aspiration (food/liquid, such as vomit) going into the lungs after becoming unconscious. ...Read more

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Can I die from narcotic overdose if I ignore it?

Can I die from narcotic overdose if I ignore it?

Yes!: Unfortunately, you can easily die from a narcotic overdose because it will make you stop breathing, you can't really "ignore" an overdose because you wouldn't be awake enough to make a decision. It is critical to use any pain medicine containing narcotic (such as vicodin, oxycodone, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) etc.) only at specified time intervals according to your doctor's instructions. ...Read more

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What actually causes death in an narcotic overdose?

What actually causes death in an narcotic overdose?

Opioid overdose deat: The main cause is severe respiratory depression resulting in cardiovascular collapse. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get narcotic overdose, or is it unusual?

From abuse: Narcotic overdose is typically a problem only when the drugs are abused, i.e. Not taken as prescribed. If you are taking drugs prescribed to someone else (or not prescribed at all) or taking more than prescribed, you are running a risk of overdose. The best bet is to take them as prescribed and only if prescribed. ...Read more

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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of narcotic overdose?

Get to an ER now!!: Don't waste time asking questions about od as the first symptom you feel may be the last you feel! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for narcotic overdose?

Go to ER: Narcotic overdose can cause respiratory depression which may lead to death. Take the person to er immediately if you suspect narcotic od and leave treatment up to professional. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for narcotic overdose?

Emergency: If you mean opioids like heroin, Methadone or oxycontin, Naloxone is the treatment. If benzodiazopines like valium, ativan, xanax, (alprazolam) then flumazenil. Both should only be given by trained providers as effects can be deadly. Need to be monitored in case multiple doses of reversal agent required or withdrawal symptoms dangerous. Also will hopefully allow patient to get help in treating addiction. ...Read more

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Will narcotic overdose kill me if I don't get treatment?

Can do: Overdose of narcotics can suppress or arrest breathing, then your brain lacks oxygen and u die. Needs urgent treatment with "anti-narcotic' medication. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of narcotic overdose?

What's the best treatment to get rid of narcotic overdose?

CALL 911!!!: If you feel someone has taken too many narcotics, the safest option is to get that person to an emergency room asap! in terms of a non-emergent "overdose, " there really is nothing you can take besides prescription medications (like narcan). You just have to wait it out. Unfortunately, there is no vitamin or herbal treatment that will help--just time. ...Read more

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How can opioid overdose be cured?

Treated, not "cured": Overdose of opiates result in respiratory depression whcich can cause death. Naloxone (narcan) if injected soon enough will reverse the opiate medication and can be lifesaving in an overdose. Overdoses occur frequently as a result of the disease of addiction which can be treated but not "cured". ...Read more

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How come a person who has overdosed on narcotics at risk of acidosis ?

How come a person who has overdosed on narcotics at risk of acidosis ?

Overdose: Overdose of narcotics can cause many adverse effects on the body. A decrease in the breathing (minute ventilation) can cause increase in the carbon dioxide and increase in the hydrogen ion. Increases in the hydrogen ion concentration leads to acidosis. To prevent narcotic overdose, the rule is that those meds should only be prescribed by providers who are familiar with the risks, and benefits. ...Read more

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Can prescribed narcotics be bad for you ?

Yes: They can be harmful. There are risks with any treatment or medication. Risks of opioids (narcotics) are tolerance, dependence, addiction, decreased immune function, decreased testosterone levels, breathing problems, and death. Opioid related deaths now outnumber deaths related to cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines combined. It's a serious issue in the US, as our prescriptions rate has skyrocket. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: narcotic?

Opium-like Chemical: A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission and other physiological functions.. ...Read more

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What are the most addictive narcotics?

What are the most addictive narcotics?

OxyContin : Very high on the list in us. When people take narcotics for pain, they are unlikely to become addictive to the drug. However, narcotics gives an intoxicated high when use in high doses. Also powerful anxiety reliever. Dilaudid, heroin, vicodin, Duragesic (fentanyl) other powerful narcotic that induced rapid addiction if use for other reason than pain. Close follow up with physician important. ...Read more

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Opioid Overdose (Definition)

Physical and mental symptoms that occur after taking too many opioids, a substance found in certain prescription pain medications and ...Read more


Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more