Which medications in the drug class Opioid Reversal Agents are used in the treatment of Hypoventilation Syndromes?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Opioid Reversal Agents

Opioid abuse, toxicity, and overdose are potential etiologies of hypoventilation. Opioid antagonists can be used to reverse the effects of opiates and to improve ventilation.

Naloxone

Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist. It prevents or reverses opioid effects (eg, hypotension, respiratory depression, sedation), possibly by displacing opiates from their receptors. The drug is used to reverse opioid intoxication.


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