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Not a good idea: If you have nothing else on hand , you can use the expired Epipen 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 regularly since the consequence may be deathly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Once the blue safety cap has been removed, it will not be visible on the cap of the pen. If you see the blue cap on the pen, you need to remove it to activate the needle. You want to make sure you inject the orange portion of the epi-pen which contains the needle into the muscle of the outer lateral thigh. The website for the epi pen has a video that can help. http://www.epipen.com/how-to-use-. ...Read more
My EpiPen expires this month. Can I still use it for the whole month? Will it still be good? Can they last past the expiration date?
Degrades with time: Yes, but potency is not guaranteed after the expiration date. ...Read more
Yes but rare : Epinephrine is also known as adrenaline. It can make your heart beat stronger and faster. Certain individuals with pre-existing heart disease may be more prone to a heart attack or irregular heart beat but this is unusual when used for the proper indication and is more likely to save your life. ...Read more
Acute allergy: Epipen is for an acute allergic reaction. If you have a known allergy & come into contact with that allergen for any reason, you may develop a reaction. If you develop sudden shortness of breath, wheezing, throat closing, face/lip/tongue swelling, or severe rash (more than just mild non-raised redness on 1 part of your body), inject the epipen into a large muscle (e.g. thigh) immed. & call 911. ...Read more
Cannot say in your p: particular case because a lot of individual factors influence sentivity to stress hormones (hypertension/hypertension meds, heart, lung issues). Psychologically the panic can be quite significant. Mostly below age 40, heart races and some other mild symptoms but not too much. On the other hand, in an allergic reaction, those symptoms can be very severe. ...Read more
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