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What happens if I overdose on medication for visceral pain?

An overdose on painkillers - usually opiod analgesics - can cause respiratory depression. This is a serious medical situation, and a person who has overdosed should receive immediate medical attention. Doctors can counteract the effects of opiod analgesics with opiod antagonists, such as naloxone. These drugs bind to opiod receptors without triggering them; in doing so, they prevent the original substance from continuing to act on the brain.

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