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FDA Alerts Health Care Professionals of Risks to Patients Exposed to Xylazine in Illicit Drugs

Posted 11/17/2022

Fentanyl, as well as other illicit drugs, can be contaminated with xylazine, warns FDA. Xylazine, an FDA-approved sedative and pain reliever for animals, is not safe for humans and can result in life-threatening side effects, similar to those commonly associated with opioid use. Naloxone can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. However, as of right now, it is not known if naloxone can reverse the effects of xylazine exposure. Health care professionals are advised to continue to administer naloxone for opioid overdoses and monitor for possible xylazine exposure if patients do not respond to naloxone or exhibit signs and symptoms of xylazine exposure, such as severe necrotic skin ulcerations. Health care professionals should provide appropriate supportive measures to patients who do not respond to naloxone.  Read the full press release here.

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