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My dad had a shot of epinephrine to treat his allergic reaction. After the shot he couldn't breathe. Is he allergic to epinephrine?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience in Emergency Medicine
NeedMoreInformation: Allergic to what??? How soon after the reaction started did he get the shot???How soon after the shot did he get his symptom???Any other meds given??? If very soon, it was probably part of the allergic reaction; if later it could be the transient changes in lung flow and ventilation caused by the epi.Or maybe the gitteriness that epi causes.If he's OK now, then don't worry. Epi doesn't last long.
Answered on Oct 25, 2015

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