Alright people, listen up. We’re talking about saving lives here, so pay attention. In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about writing a prescription for Narcan Nasal Spray – the ultimate weapon in the fight against opioid overdose.
What is Narcan Nasal Spray?
Narcan (1) is like Batman’s Batarang or Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth – an essential tool that can save the day when things get hairy. It’s essentially naloxone (2), a powerful antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose (3). And because it comes in nasal spray form, even your grandma could use it (assuming she knows how to operate a nasal spray bottle).
Who Needs Narcan Nasal Spray?
The short answer? Anyone who knows someone who uses opioids(4). Opioid abuse has become an epidemic across America in recent years and over 72k Americans died from drug overdoses just last year alone (5). So basically everyone should keep a few doses on hand – like emergency snack bars at your work desk.
When Should You Use Narcan?
Now we come to the most important point- when should you actually whip out that bad boy and administer it? Here are some key signs(6) that suggest somebody may have overdosed:
- Slow breathing rate
- Pinpoint pupils
So if you notice any of these symptoms after seeing someone consume drugs or alcohol, don’t wait! Break out the Narcan and get ready to save their life!
Fun Fact #1: What Happens During An Overdose?
During an overdose event,(7) opiates bind with tiny receptors inside your brain cells known as mu-opioid receptors. This slows down your breathing, heartbeat and other essential life functions until they stop completely. In effect the brain suffers some form of Nap Time.
How to Get a Prescription for Narcan
Before you can save grandma with an overdose reversal (hopefully she’ll thank you), you need to get your hands on that sweet, sweet Narcan Nasal Spray. So where do you start? We’re glad you asked!
- Find yourself a prescribing healthcare provider (8). That may be your own doctor or it could be someone at a public clinic in town.
- Explain why Narcan is important to have on hand – remember this drug saves lives!
- Obtain written prescription for nasal spray version of Naloxone – but make sure the prescription says “Narcan” so the pharmacy doesn’t screw up!
Fun Fact #2: The History of Narcan
Betty Ford Clinic first introduced NARCAN into their treatment protocols in 1986 after seeing firsthand how quickly patients with acute opioid overdoses began responding.
How to Administer Narcan
The good news is that administering Narcan via its nasal spray method is as easy pie(9) – here’s all you need to know:
1- Remove device from packaging
2- Lie person flat and tilt head backwards.
3- Deliver one spray into nostril while blocking the opposite nostril
4- Start Rescue Breathing if not responsive or pale/blue
That’s it people! It really couldn’t be simpler; (10)it’s like using water misting bottle except more useful.
Fun Fact #3: You Don’t Need Medical Training To Provide Treatment
Yes folks! Believe it or not, anyone can learn how to administer naloxone via Nasal Spray without medical training required.(11)
Picking Up Your Prescription from Pharmacy(Tips)
Now comes the part where you hit up your local pharmacy and pick up Narcan Nasal Spray. (12)
1- Call ahead to check that they have it in stock (13)
2- Make sure you go with a copy of the prescription from your doctor.
3- Don’t be embarrassed! You are taking action about an important health matter, give yourself a pat on your back instead.
Fun Fact #4: The Cost Of Narcan
Surprisingly enough, most insurance companies will pay for NARCAN however prices may vary by location. Medicaid does cover 100% of the drug cost but that does not mean there might not be co-pays.(14)
Storing Your Narcan Nasal Spray
Okay folks, now comes the final step – storing those bad boys safely! Here’s what you need to know:
1- Keep out of reach from children or pets (15)!!!
2- Store between 59 –86 F so basically at room temperature.
3- If stored properly, shelf life can last years until expiration date is reached.
Fun Fact #5: Why Does It Have A Long Shelf Life?
Narcan nasal spray actually benefits from having a long shelf life due to its formulation as an opiate reversing agent used in extreme circumstances only; Meaning buyers do not end up replacing unused to avoid wasting them away.(16)
So..there you have it people….a quick tutorial on how to acquire save lives hastily. To sum up all we’ve learnt –
If someone can benefit from having naloxone for reversal of opioid overdose, pharmacies tend to carry it,and doctors like us recommend getting some since this medication offers more than just another shot.Now don’t forget – if Grams skips her pill box and mistakenly consumes all her medications , eye those symptoms and proceed with one swift squirt into each nostril. Just don’t forget you are wearing your superhero cape!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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