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 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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