Naloxone, or Narcan, is an opioid antagonist medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. It attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking the effects of opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, Vicodin, and Percocet. This life-saving drug can rapidly restore breathing that has ceased or slowed due to an opioid overdose. If you are wondering how to get naloxone in Texas, it is readily available at most pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens. It is also available through the mail and from local organizations.1
You cannot directly purchase naloxone over-the-counter in the same manner you would vitamins or cold medicine. However, it is available at most pharmacies in Texas without a prescription. All you have to do is talk to a pharmacist, and they will provide you with naloxone (Narcan) and medication instructions.
Depending on your insurance coverage, there may be a co-pay. This could range from $0 to $100. You can call ahead to get more specific information on the availability of naloxone and how much it will cost you.
You can visit most pharmacies in Texas to get naloxone. All CVS and Walgreens pharmacies carry it. If it is not available that day, the pharmacist can order it for next-day pickup. Here in Texas, CVS also offers a home delivery service of naloxone nasal spray within one to two days.
Naloxone is available in a variety of forms, including a nasal spray and an injection. The nasal spray, which is usually sold under the brand name Narcan, has a manufacturer-listed shelf life of 3 years. However, research indicates that naloxone is stable and effective long past its official expiration date. In fact, most tested naloxone samples contained at least 90% of the naloxone dose, even the samples that had been stored for nearly 30 years.2
If expired naloxone is all you have available, you can use it. Expired naloxone is better than no naloxone, and it will not hurt the person who has overdosed. However, it may not be as effective as naloxone that isn’t expired.
Naloxone is a reasonably stable medication. It should be stored at room temperature in an easily accessible area away from direct sunlight. Be sure anyone who would need to use naloxone knows where it is and how to use it. Make sure to store it out of reach of children. You can also check the storage instructions found inside the naloxone package for more details.
Naloxone is available as both a nasal spray (Narcan) and as an injectable formulation in Texas. If you suspect someone has overdosed on an opioid, it is important to call 911 immediately. Naloxone is not a replacement for professional medical attention, but it can buy you some time.
Naloxone in both forms is designed to be easy to administer by anyone. By following these simple directions, you can help save a person’s life.
While you wait for emergency help, try to keep the overdosing person awake and breathing. You’ll also want to lay them on their side to prevent choking in case they vomit. Make sure to stay by their side until medical personnel arrive.3
To administer the Narcan nasal spray, follow these steps:4
If you have injectable naloxone, follow these steps:5
No matter which kind of naloxone you administer, stay with the person until help arrives. You can do rescue breathing between doses if they are still unresponsive. Naloxone is only effective for between 30 and 90 minutes. Once the effects of naloxone wear off, opioid overdose symptoms could return, which is why it’s so important to call 911.1
If you administer naloxone to someone who has overdosed on opioids, they may go into opioid withdrawal within a few minutes after you’ve given them naloxone.1 This will only happen if they are physiologically dependent on opioids, which means their body needs the presence of heroin or prescription painkillers in order to function optimally.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms may include:1
Opioid withdrawal is another reason the person requires immediate medical attention. If you call 911, then first responders can administer additional naloxone, if necessary, and can also transfer the person to the hospital where they’ll receive opioid withdrawal medications to alleviate the symptoms and receive detox services. The hospital can also refer the person to treatment for opioid addiction after they’ve been stabilized.1
You do not need a prescription to get Naloxone in Texas. It is readily available at most pharmacies. All you have to do is speak with a pharmacist.
Depending on your insurance, you may have a $0 co-pay at pharmacies. If not, other organizations in Texas, such as More Narcan Please and NEXT Distro, offer free naloxone.
If you do not have insurance, CVS will automatically apply a coupon for Narcan. This results in a price of $94.99. With insurance, you will pay your co-pay.
Without insurance, you will have to pay the retail price at Walgreens. A Narcan kit with two doses typically costs about $135. However, there may be discounts available. You can also use your insurance.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. This means it reverses the effects of opioids by blocking opioid receptor sites.
Naloxone side effects are rare. There is a chance that someone may have an allergic reaction to naloxone, but generally, it is a very safe medication with little to no side effects.1