Drug antagonism is a type of interaction between two or more drugs, where one drug (known as the antagonist) reduces or blocks the effects of another drug (known as the agonist). This can occur through various mechanisms, such as binding to the same receptor site as the agonist and preventing it from activating the receptor, or by increasing the metabolism or excretion of the agonist.

Drug antagonism is often used in medical treatment to counteract the negative effects of certain drugs. For example, naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can be used to reverse the respiratory depression caused by opioid overdose. Similarly, flumazenil is a benzodiazepine antagonist that can be used to reverse the sedative effects of benzodiazepines in cases of overdose or adverse reactions.

However, drug antagonism can also lead to unintended consequences, such as when one medication reduces the effectiveness of another medication that a patient is taking for a different condition. Therefore, it is important for healthcare providers to be aware of potential drug interactions and to carefully monitor their patients' responses to medications.