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Report by Jenifer Barrie, Medical student Search checked by Gabby May, Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Emergency Medicine Manchester Medical School, Manchester, UK
A short-cut review was carried out to establish whether naloxone may have an awakening effect in patients who have not taken opiates, thereby clouding its use as a diagnostic manoeuvre. The clinical bottom line is that opioid antagonists are able to reverse symptoms such as altered consciousness in patients who have not taken an overdose of opiates. It is unclear in which conditions …