Opioid Overdose Symptoms

Opioid Overdose Symptoms

An opioid overdose is a life-threatening emergency and requires immediate action. Quickly recognizing the symptoms of an opioid overdose can help save a person’s life.

The three hallmark symptoms of an opioid overdose are:

  • A decreased level of consciousness/ unresponsiveness.
  • Pinpoint pupils.
  • Slowed, shallow, or stopped breathing.

Other opioid overdose symptoms include:

  • Very pale and/or clammy skin.
  • Limp body.
  • Purple or blue lips or fingernails.
  • Vomiting or gurgling noises.
  • Slowed or undetectable pulse.

Some common opioid drugs include:

  • Heroin.
  • Fentanyl (Sublimaze®, Actiq®, Duragesic®).
  • Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone (Vicodin®, Norco®, Zohydro®).
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®).
  • Methadone (Methadose®, Dolophine®).
  • Meperidine (Demerol®)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®, Percodan®, Tylox®).
  • Morphine.
  • Codeine.
  • Oxymorphone (Opana®).

Naloxone (NARCAN®) is the only pharmaceutical drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.