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Can a person be allergic to epinephrine?

Can a person be allergic to epinephrine?

Unusual: But can rarely occur. Usually the allergy is to a compound in the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Am I allergic to epinephrine.

Am I allergic to epinephrine.

Epinephrine allergy: Symptoms you mention are effects experienced not benificial to you but accompany the effects one is desiring this is not allergy to the medicine but is called sideeffect like the skin of the fruit with the fruit you can still use the drug and minimize the side effects by not taking the full dose all at once also slowing down the pace of the injection sit down while injecting and lie down after. ...Read more

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Can anyone be allergic to epinephrine?

No: Although some people can get shaking and a pounding heart- however this is just what its mechanism of action is when the dose is high enough. ...Read more

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What do you do if you are allergic to epinephrine?

What do you do if you are allergic to epinephrine?

Unlikely: It is unlikely for anyone to be allergic to Epinephrine as it is present in all of us. Commonly, people develop a rapid heart beat, and tremors following an epinpehrine injection and can have a headache from it too, but the side effects are short lived and do not last more than 30 minutes. ...Read more

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What happens if you use an expired epipen (epinephrine) on someone that is extremely allergic?

What happens if you use an expired epipen (epinephrine) on someone that is extremely allergic?

Not a good idea: If you have nothing else on hand, you can use the expired Epipen (epinephrine) knowing that it will be less effective or not effective at all. However it is strongly advised to check the expiration date on the Epipen (epinephrine) regularly since the consequence may be deathly. ...Read more

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Is one injection of epinephrine enough to treat an allergic reaction?

Some need seconds: Some people may need a second injection of epinephrine, so always keep second Epipen handy or make sure you know how to use the second dose in your twinject. ...Read more

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Can you cure someone who is having an allergic reaction with epinephrine?

Can you cure someone who is having an allergic reaction with epinephrine?

No cure: Epinephrine will block some of the acute inflammatory reactions and is therfore a temporary rescue to an allergic reaction. If this is not coupled with removal of the allergen and addition of longer acting anti-histamines or steroids, a delayed reaction with serious consequences can occur when the epi is metabolized and no longer present. The only cure is future avoidance of a known allergen. ...Read more

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How can I get an epipen (epinephrine) for precaution from my alllergic reactions?

Doctor: Epipens (epinephrine) require prescriptions, so you should talk to your pcp about your concern and obtain a prescription. ...Read more

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Will epinephrine kill someone if they aren't having an allergic reaction?

Probably not: One of the biggest problems in managing anaphylaxis is that patients deny their symptoms and don't use their epi putting them at great risk. There is very little if any substantive data that use of epi if a pt thinks they are having an allergic reaction and in reality are not is dangerous. Having said that, one should never use epi unless is needed. ...Read more

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Extreme itching after an allergic reaction, how does epinephrine work to stop it?

Extreme itching after an allergic reaction, how does epinephrine work to stop it?

Does not: Epinephrine is not useful for itching, it is more for internal reactions such as bronchospasm. For severe itching oral ntihstamnies, cold compresses and oral prescription steroids if necessary. The cause of the allergy needs to be identified to avoid in the future. ...Read more

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Help please! Is epipen (epinephrine) jr auto injectors used for all allergic reactions or just emergency reactions?

Help please! Is epipen (epinephrine) jr auto injectors used for all allergic reactions or just emergency reactions?

Limited use: The value of an Epipen (epinephrine) is its ability to help block a tragic evolving allergic reaction and provide time for a person to reach urgent followup care. It's effect is relatively short (hour or so).If you simply break out in hives as a food reaction, it could help some, but since the food will be processed in your body for days, a longer agent like Diphenhydramine or citirazine would be more benificial. ...Read more

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What if someone has anaphylaxis and they are allergic to epinephrine? Also, is it possible to be epinephrine resistant?

Not possible: I know of no one who is allergic to Epinephrine even though you may get shaking or rapid heart beats from it. However I would take the side effects anytime if I have an anaphylactic reaction. If the anaphylaxis is severe and the treatment is delayed, you may not respond to Epinephrine alone and IV fluid may well be needed. ...Read more

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If you are allergic to bees do you need to carry an epipen (epinephrine)?

Bee allergy: It depends on the reaction you have to a bee sting. If your throat starts to swell and it becomes difficult to breath; I would definitely recommend carrying an epi-pen. Additionally it is important to see an allergist to be tested. Venom immunotherapy is highly successful in reducing the chances of repeat reactions including anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to wasp stings but also epinephrine. What can I do if I get stung?

I'm allergic to wasp stings but also epinephrine. What can I do if I get stung?

Check the Epi allrgy: I have seen patients who were told they were allergic to epi when in fact it was just an "expected" side effect. It is almost impossible to be allergic to epi. And certainly if you are truly allergic t wasps. A sting could be life-threateneing...Epi will save your life. See an allergist to straighten this out asap. It is "bee sting season". ...Read more

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Would an epinephrine inhaler work for an allergic reaction if an epipen is not handy?

Would an epinephrine inhaler work for an allergic reaction if an epipen is not handy?

No: Epinephrine inhaled is still used in severe asthma attacks and it can open the airways but if you are experiencing anaphylaxis only injectable Epinephrine is life-saving. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to medicine: do I have to carry an epipen (epinephrine) if I avoid it?

Allergic reaction to medicine: do I have to carry an epipen (epinephrine) if I avoid it?

Know epipen (epinephrine): Epipen (epinephrine) is recommended to be carried if there is a risk, even a remote risk, of a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis. This might occur inadvertendly. If the medicine to be avoided has zero chance of contact, then Epipen (epinephrine) might not be carried. If can be given by accident, for example, an over the counter drug, then it is best to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Am I in danger of a deadly allergic reaction if I forget to take my epipen (epinephrine) with me?

Yes: If you have an allergy to a potentially deadly trigger (stinging insects, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish), then you are at risk if you don't carry your epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Being allergic to bees. Is taking celestamine tablets after a sing sufficient or is an epipen (epinephrine) required? How long will the celestamine take to work?

Being allergic to bees. Is taking celestamine tablets after a sing sufficient or is an epipen (epinephrine) required? How long will the celestamine take to work?

Too long: Unless you have certain medical conditions the risk of a dangerous allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) far outweighs the risk associated with an Epinephrine injection. Shoot first, ask questions later. Take the antihistamine afterwards. Deaths from anaphylaxis are associated with delays in administration of epinephrine.
Have your Dr. Provide a written action plan for you and those close to you ...Read more

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I am severely allergic to shellfish. I was prescribed an EpiPen (epinephrine). I never had to use one yet. How do you know if you need to use it? Does it reverse?

I am severely allergic to shellfish. I was prescribed an EpiPen (epinephrine). I never had to use one yet. How do you know if you need to use it? Does it reverse?

You will know: Keep your Epi pen with you at all times. Make sure it is up to date. General symptom-those that got you the prescription in the first place but especially throat swelling or trouble breathing. Once you use it it is best to dial 911. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may also help if taken while you can swallow. The Epi effects wear off over time, though they may be uncomfortable this medicine is life saving ...Read more

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Is it safe to use an epipen (epinephrine) for an allergic reaction to ppd?

Is it safe to use an epipen (epinephrine) for an allergic reaction to ppd?

Symptoms?: What are your symptoms? A PPD can cause a large local reaction, but not a systemic reaction that requires epinephrine. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an allergic reaction and an anaphylactic reaction? Do you need epipen (epinephrine) for both?

Degree: Anaphylaxis is a systemic allergic reaction where Epinephrine treatment is critical. Local allergic reactions like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes or hives don't require epinephrine. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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I am allergic to perfumes and I might get a severe reaction when going to highschool next month, but I feel uncomfortable about the EpiPen (epinephrine)...?

Get comfortable: If you have anaphylaxis from any allergen, then you need to get comfortable with the epi-pen, it could save your life. If your doctor has prescribed the epi-pen for you, make sure that you have one that is kept at the school (nurses office?)... in the event of a significant allergic reaction, someone there will administer. You need to learn how to do it too! ...Read more

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What to do about an allergic reaction without an epipen (epinephrine) at hand?

Don't delay!: If the allergic reaction is significant, anaphylactic, call 911. You need to get to emergency care immediately. This should be done even if you have and use an Epinephrine autoinjector. This is potentially an acute life threatening reaction. Antihistamines are of minimal help. The Epinephrine is to hopefully temporize symptoms till you get to an emergent care location. Don't delay! ...Read more

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For what reason can't you just use an epipen, (epinephrine) after having an allergic reaction/anaphylaxis, and then not go to the emergency room?

For what reason can't you just use an epipen, (epinephrine) after having an allergic reaction/anaphylaxis, and then not go to the emergency room?

It may help for. ..: Only a little while. The Epinephrine in the Epipen counteracts the allergic reaction. But as your body metabolizes the epinephrine, its effects wear off. If the allergic reaction is severe enough, the symptoms may come on again. Severe allergic reactions may involve difficulty breathing and cardiovascular problems, not just swelling and rash, so a prompt subsequent trip to the er is prudent. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to lidocaine & epinephrine used for dental & dermatology procedures & need to know what local anesthesia is ok for sensitive persons.?

I'm allergic to lidocaine & epinephrine used for dental & dermatology procedures & need to know what local anesthesia is ok for sensitive persons.?

It is rare to be: Allergic to lidocaine, usually it is the epinephrine that causes the reaction. But for small dermatology procedures you can actually request saline injections, where the tension fluid that allows numbing. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to shellfish and I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine) just in case of a severe reaction. I never had to use it yet. How much time does it give you before ER?

Depends: On the severity of the allergic reaction/anaphylaxis and the initial response to the first dose, which is usually favorable, also once diagnosed to have severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis and epinephrine used, ambulance /911 should be called, antihistamines should be given also at the same time, so keep 2 tablets of any handy. Always watch for expiry date and get two dispensed, hope you won't need it ...Read more

Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
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