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Since epipen (epinephrine) can temporary relax the air way, can epipen (epinephrine) used for asthma attack in emergency situations when no asthma medication available?
Unfortunately, no: Epipens (epinephrine) can reverse life-threatening allergic reactions, not counter the pharmacological effects of drugs. Certain foods, stinging/biting insects, medications, and latex can set off allergic reactions -- including hives, itching, flushing, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and roof of mouth; throat & chest tightness, etc. Date rape drugs cause entirely different effects -- unless you're allergic. ...Read more
Knowledge: Full knowledge of what to expect with an anaphylactic reaction ...Read more
Epipens are in short supply and I am unable to get one. I’m am a trail runner who is allergic to bees... what are my alternate to epipen ?
None that I know of: Certainly avoid things that can attract bees like perfume, hair spray or fragrant lotions. Bees are attracted to flowers & if you smell like one you may draw them in. If you were in my office I could draw up a single dose of epi for you to carry, but it would have the data assuring effectiveness for long. Maybe you can get your doc to consider doing this until you have access. ...Read more
Epipen (epinephrine): The Epipen (epinephrine) is used for serious life threatening allergic reactions. In a person afficted with one of those, it will save thier life. No harm. In a person not afflicted with a life threatening allergic event, it will increase the bp, anxiety, pulse, sweatiness but otherwise should be uneventful unless there is a history of coronary heart disease. ...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
Immediately: Use your Epipen at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction which can occur minutes to hours after exposure. Signs can include itching or swelling of the mouth and throat, hives, shortness of breath, coughing, or dizziness. If you are unsure you are having a reaction, it is generally better to use the Epipen. Call 911 or have someone get you to an emergency room after using your Epipen. ...Read more
Acute allergy: Epipen (epinephrine) 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 (epinephrine) into a large muscle (e.g. thigh) immed. & call 911. ...Read more
2 is better: Anaphylaxis treatment can be unpredictable and sometimes requires 2 doses or more of epi. Hence, if the 1st dose isn't successful at reversing anaphylaxis symptoms, having another dose is great. At the same time, seeking immediate medical attention is important as sometimes, IV fluids are required if the EpiPen (epinephrine) is unsuccessful at elevating the blood pressure if the blood pressure is low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 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 (epinephrine) 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
Will panic be worse when a person who has a history of anxiety uses an Epipen? If so, what are some options to reduce the severity of this symptom?
Yes: You can, however, I think there is concern about appropriate dosing and that is why the epipen exists in the first place. However, that has crossed my mind as a possibility. ...Read more
Simlple is best: Life threatening allergies are always a concern while traveling. If you meet up with someone while traveling let them know about your allergies. Something simple such as "i have a severe allergy to xyz which can be frightening to me and you. I always carry a an easy to use Epipen (epinephrine) in my........ May i take a moment to show you how it works?". Then show them how simple it is to use. ...Read more
What are reasons why i'm told to go to the emergency room after using an epipen (epinephrine) (adrenaline)?
Great question: 1. You may need more medicine. 2. The medicine may cause unwanted side effects 3. Your "reaction" may need further/different treatment ...Read more
I been given a epipen (epinephrine) i was wonrdring why I have to go hosiptal after useing it and what would they do at the hosiptal?
Rebound phenomena: Emergency room followup after using an epi-pen is a good idea. The Epinephrine in the pen can provide life saving intervention to ward off the effect of an allergic exposure, but the pen may ware off within minutes or hours and any residual trigger (food, sting venom, etc.) could start it over.Iv or injected steroids or longer lasting meds may be needed to treat you. ...Read more
Is a 20cm local swellig and redness to mosquito bit so severe?is an epipen (epinephrine) necessary?can it turn to systemic response next time?
That's a lot: I've never heard of anaphyllaxis to mosquito bite, but I've never heard of 20 cm hive either.But apparently not only does it (REALLY RARELY) happen, but about half the cases weren't due to the mosquito but because the person was very very sensitive and had huge amounts of histamine. So.. epi pen, and testing for MASTOCYTOSIS if one is being very cautious. ...Read more
Nurse-line said to schedule w/ doc about my reaction to eating shrimp & see if epipen needed. What should I expect @ meeting? How is this test done?
Shrimp allergy: It is important to get an Epipen (and instruction on how to use appropriately) immediately if one experiences symptoms suggestive of IgE-mediated food allergy. This can include hives, swelling of the face or body, breathing problems, wheeze, cough, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, loss of consciousness; all within hours of ingestion. An appropriate evaluation involves careful interview and testing. ...Read more
Prescription: Talk to your provider about your allergic reaction. If you've never had an EpiPen (epinephrine) before, ask the pharmacist to show you how it works. There is a practice delivery pen that comes with the real device. Practice frequently so it will be reflexive, second-nature if you have to use it in an emergency situation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
All severe allergies: Epipen (epinephrine) is self injectable Epinephrine and the medication of choice for any severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). It is effective for allergic reactions triggers by pet dander, medications, latex, foods, stinging insects, pollens, etc. An allergist may be able to offer other treatment options in an effort to avoid needing epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more
Not really: Use of an Epipen (epinephrine) to treat a serious allergic reaction may cause jitteriness or a headache..But no real serious problems...It's more important to treat the allergic reaction. If you have any kind of heart condition, you might want to discuss this with the dr. Who prescribed it. ...Read more