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Opioids are drugs that are often used to treat pain. Opioids include illegal drugs, such as heroin, as well as prescription pain medicines, such as codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, and fentanyl.
An opioid overdose happens when you take too much of an opioid. An overdose may be intentional or accidental and can happen with any type of opioid.
The effects of an overdose can be mild, dangerous, or even deadly. Opioid overdose is a medical emergency.
You may also have blood tests or urine tests. You may have X-rays if you are having severe breathing problems.
This condition requires immediate medical treatment and hospitalization. Reversing the effects of the opioid is the first step in treatment. If you have a Narcan kit or naloxone, use it right away. Follow your health care provider's instructions. A friend or family member can also help you with this.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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