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Signs to Watch For - Overmedication or Overdose?

Share this with your family caregivers.

Overmedication Warning - Call Healthcare Provider

U.S. residents also can call the National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

  • doctorIntoxicated behavior - confusion, slurred speech, stumbling.
  • Feeling dizzy or faint.
  • Feeling or acting very drowsy or groggy, or nodding off to sleep.
  • Unusual snoring, gasping, or snorting during sleep.
  • Difficulty waking-up from sleep and becoming alert or staying awake.

cautionCAUTION: A person who at first seems to be overmedicated may get much worse. They should be kept awake and watched closely.

Overdose Poisoning - Call Emergency Services

Dial 911 in the U.S. or Canada; 112 or 999 in England or the European Union; or other numbers depending on your location.

  • ambulancePerson cannot be aroused or wakened, or is unable to talk if awakened.
  • Any trouble with breathing; such as shortness of breath, slow or light breathing, or stopped breathing.
  • Gurgling noises coming from mouth or throat.
  • Body is limp, seems lifeless. Face is pale, clammy.
  • Fingernails or lips turned blue/purple.
  • Slow or unusual heartbeat or stopped heartbeat.

cautionWARNING: If a child or pet ever swallows an opioid that was not prescribed for them, it is always an emergency. Call for help immediately.

Also see Section 4 for emergency actions to take <click here>.