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This is a discussion on Narcan effects in Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), part of Advanced Practice Nursing ... Can anyone tell me if they have any experience with an alcoholic having a withdrawal after having...by nacran Oct 27, '06Can anyone tell me if they have any experience with an alcoholic having a withdrawal after having narcan administered? He was unconscious from drinking too much- the paramedics thought that he was overdosed and gave him narcan and he had violent reaction fought with paramedics. . police charged him with assault. . . violence is a reaction of narcan-- does anyone know if the same side effects could happen to a person addicted to alcohol instead of narcotics?
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- Oct 28, '06 by babynurselsaI would have to venture that he had something on board besides just ETOH. If her responded to the narcan.
- Oct 28, '06 by traumaRUsNarcan does not reverse the effects of ETOH, only narcotics. So...I would also have to hazard a guess that he had something else on board. As to the assault charges....I have no pity for him. In IL - it is a felony to touch a healthcare worker.
I also do want to add that All Nurses can not provide legal or medical advice as I notice this is your first post and your user name is narcan misspelled.
- Oct 29, '06 by nacranActually it is narcan spelled backwards. . .they said to use something you would remember. I would agree that you should have no pity on him- except for the fact that there is a possibility that his reaction was caused by what was injected into him by the paramedics- there were no narcotics found in his system. . . just wanted to get other experiences. . .. the research on this issue is scarce.
- Oct 29, '06 by traumaRUsOkay - I was able to find the following general guidelines for narcan use and side effects:
It also lowers the seizure threshold so if you have a pt with a sz disorder, strong caution is advised.
- Oct 30, '06 by ERNPAlso remember, in most places a drug screen is just that a screen. Doesn't mean there wasn't something else in the system. Drug screen routinely only test for a limited number of variables. Again, making it possible that something other than alcohol was on board.