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Epipen (Definition)

Epinephrine is a rhythm control agent which is a ...Read more


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Can an epipen (epinephrine) save you from the effects of date rape drugs?

Can an epipen (epinephrine) save you from the effects of date rape drugs?

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

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What must I remember if I have drug allergies besides epipen (epinephrine)?

What must I remember if I have drug allergies besides epipen (epinephrine)?

See below: I would also remember to carry benadryl (diphenhydramine). And if severe enough, you should have a medic alert tag. ...Read more

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What happens after using an epipen (epinephrine)?

What happens after using an epipen (epinephrine)?

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

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Is it possible to die from an epipen (epinephrine)?

Is it possible to die from an epipen (epinephrine)?

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

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At what point should I use my epipen (epinephrine)?

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

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Why do epipens (epinephrine) need to be administered thru the leg?

Why do epipens (epinephrine) need to be administered thru the leg?

Intramuscular: Access for drug delivery and low probability of hitting a nerve or a blood vessel in the leg since they're deeper than in arms. ...Read more

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What can happen once I use my epipen (epinephrine)?

Epipen (epinephrine): The symptoms may return. That is why more treatment is needed for the allergic rxn after epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about when to use the epipen (epinephrine)?

Can you tell me more about when to use the epipen (epinephrine)?

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

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I have one EpiPen, (epinephrine) do I need two? Or is one enough?

I have one EpiPen, (epinephrine) do I need two? Or is one enough?

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 more

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When to use my epipen, (epinephrine) how severe should the symptoms be?

When to use my epipen, (epinephrine) how severe should the symptoms be?

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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How soon after you administer an Epipen (epinephrine) should it begin to work.

How soon after you administer an Epipen (epinephrine) should it begin to work.

A few minutes: But about 20% of the time, the first injection may not work and you will need to repeat it after 5 minutes. Be sure to contact 911 while waiting for the epi to work. Antihistamine does not work in anaphylaxis although it is not harmful. ...Read more

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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 there any way to tell if the blue safety cap of an epipen (epinephrine) has been taken off?

Is there any way to tell if the blue safety cap of an epipen (epinephrine) has been taken off?

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

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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?

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?

Unlikely: epinephrine used in the Epipen has very short half life of about five minutes and the dose is very small, in anaphylaxis epinephrine is the first choice, best wishes ...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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Can you tell me is an epipen (epinephrine) used for injecting hgh?

Epipen (epinephrine): The simple answer is no. EpiPen (epinephrine) is mainly used for urgent treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions. If you can, please go on-line and find out more about Epipen (epinephrine) and anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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If a person accidently overdosed on humalog, would an epipen (epinephrine) help?

Glucagon is better: Glucagon will raise the blood sugar faster and with less side effects. It has to be injected like epinephrine. ...Read more

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Can you use 0.3mg of epinephrine by syringe instead of an epipen?

Can you use 0.3mg of epinephrine by syringe instead of an epipen?

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

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How do I tell people I carry epipen (epinephrine) if travel alone?

How do I tell people I carry epipen (epinephrine) if travel alone?

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

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How come I should go to the emergency room after using an epipen (epinephrine) (adrenaline)?

Can always recur: Epinephrine may only be helpful for a short time and you can have life-threatening rebound symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I have allergy to bees how do I get an I epipen (epinephrine)?

I have allergy to bees how do I get an I epipen (epinephrine)?

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 more

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

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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Does epipen (epinephrine) work for cat allergies?

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

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How does an epipen (epinephrine) help with allergies?

How does an epipen (epinephrine) help with allergies?

See below: Epi-pens are used to treat serious allergic reactions, anaphylaxis. They are not for treatment of normal allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Does anyone get sick from epipen (epinephrine) from allergies?

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

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Accidental epipen (epinephrine) injection into finger. Did ok. Can I reuse it?

Accident with epipen (epinephrine): If you got stuck with an epipen, (epinephrine) then this has discharged. There is nothing left to use, as this has already deployed its contents. Dispose of this responsibly, and get another one. Keep in away from extreme heat and cold and away from light. ...Read more