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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?
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