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Can a person be allergic to epinephrine?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
No, but sensitive: Epinephrine, or adrenalin, is a normal stress hormone in your body so you cannot be, strictly defined, allergic. But you certainly can be sensitive to the normal physiologic responses to epinephrine, especially in higher doses. So one may experience fast heart rate, anxiety, sweats, high blood pressure, irregular heart beats, which may be perceived as "allergic" reactions, but actually are not.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Unusual: But can rarely occur. Usually the allergy is to a compound in the medication.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can a person be allergic to epinephrine?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
No, but sensitive: Epinephrine, or adrenalin, is a normal stress hormone in your body so you cannot be, strictly defined, allergic. But you certainly can be sensitive to the normal physiologic responses to epinephrine, especially in higher doses. So one may experience fast heart rate, anxiety, sweats, high blood pressure, irregular heart beats, which may be perceived as "allergic" reactions, but actually are not.
Providence, RI
A 42-year-old female asked:

Am i allergic to epinephrine.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: Most likely you developed side effects from it, such as palpitations and tremors and may be headache. These are common and resolve within a few minutes and are not an allergic reaction.

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