A 53-year-old member asked:
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when would self-injectable epinephrine be prescribed for a food allergy or allergies?

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
18 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Severe allergy: This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. A history of hives or respiratory symptoms caused by a food ingestion with evidence of allergy to that food on testing suggests the need to carry epinephrine. Common foods would include peanut, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish, although any food can be implicated.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Paul Williams
27 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Most of the time: Any true food allergy confirmed with skin test or blood tests for ige antibody, but not igg antibody, has the potential to cause a life threatening reaction, even if prior reactions have been mild. Such patients should always have epinephrine. There are other types of food reactions that do not involve this type of immune response, see an allergist to clarify.
Answered on Oct 19, 2012
Dr. Gloria Fong
39 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Self-injectable Epinephrine is for severe reaction to food , bee sting, insect bites. Usually for hive and hive-like reactions.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
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Family practice : Yes you can. But a prescription is needed. A doctor usually would prescribe one if thère is a possibity of an allergic reaction.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Anaphylaxis: Sounds like you should get a new allergist immediately!
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
No: You can not get an Epipen (epinephrine) without a prescription, but wih such astrong history i do not hink you would ind it dificult get a pen.

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