What is the role of naloxone in the treatment of cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Administration of naloxone to a patient who has been speedballing may negate the sedative effect of the opioid and leave the stimulant effect of the cocaine unopposed, precipitating or worsening cocaine toxicity. Naloxone is still indicated in respiratory depression but should be used with caution (ie, slowed rate of administration, lowered doses).


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