Client Family Teaching

1. Daily home fluoride treatments for persistent dry mouth.

2. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses and beverages.

3. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.

4. Dry mouth can be treated with tart, sugarless gum or candy, water, sugar-free beverages, or with saliva substitutes if dry mouth persists.

5. Patient should use caution doing anything that requires thought or concentration (i.e., driving a car, operating heavy machinery, taking care of children) after taking this medication.

OPIOID ANTAGONISTS

See also the following individual entries:

Naloxone hydrochloride Naltrexone Action/Kinetics: Opioid antagonists competitively block the action of opioid analgesics by displacing previously given opioids from their receptor sites or by preventing opioids from attaching to the opiate receptors, thereby preventing access by the analgesic. Not effective in reversing the respiratory depression induced by barbiturates, anesthetics, or other nonopioid agents. These drugs almost immediately induce withdrawal symptoms in opioid addicts and are sometimes used to unmask dependence.

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