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Do doctors sometimes prescribe an epipen (epinephrine) if you report possible allergic reaction?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Epi Pen: We prescribe epipens (epinephrine) for patients to carry if we think the patients are at risk of having life-threatening allergic reactions. There are three areas of your body that , if they are involved in the reaction, are the most dangerous: your throat (closing), your chest (tightening like asthma) and your vascular system (you can go into shock, with low blood pressure). With those, you need an epi pen.
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Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Nganswered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes if: The symptoms suggest an anaphylactic reaction - difficulty breathing with a rash and facial/tongue/mouth swelling. Those ppl with an anaphylactic reaction should be referred to an allergist for further evaluation.
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Last updated Sep 30, 2019

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