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What complications can develop from using a epi-pen?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Nohing significant: Epi-pen is used for treating anaphylaxis. Side effects can include paleness, vomiting and a rapid pulse. All these "pale" in comparison to not using an epi-pen for anaphylaxis which can result in death (pun intended).
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Stuck it in my thumb: The only adverse effect i've seen to Epipen (epinephrine) is when the directions are not followed & the device is held backwards. The needle can pass right through your thumb & nail. Worse you can get Epinephrine inside your thumb causing pain & decreased blood flow. Otherwise Epinephrine is a very safe drug. Vomiting, dizziness & occasional jitteriness are the only side-effects in children & young adults.

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