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How do you properly dispose of expired epinephrine shots?

How do you properly dispose of expired epinephrine shots?

Return to pharmacy: Your pharmacist will likely dispose of them for you. Another option is to ask your blood drawing station. They dispose of needles regularly. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Adrenaline (Definition)

Adrenalin(e) / Epinephrine is the hormone produced by the adrenal medulla that speeds and strengths the heart, dilates the airways, and shifts blood flow to the muscles. Often this is in response ...Read more


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Why don't they have multiuse epinephrine syringes? What if I don't respond to one shot?

Why don't they have multiuse epinephrine syringes? What if I don't respond to one shot?

Lasts seconds: Epinephrine lasts only a few seconds once administered so a second dose in the same syringe would be ineffective. You can administer a second dose in 3 minutes but if you don't respond to the first, you or someone else should call 911 immediately. ...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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What if a person presents to the hospital with anaphylaxis that doesn't respond to multiple shots of epinephrine... What other steps are taken?

Fluid: Since some of the plasma (blood without the cells) has often gone out of the circulation to form the tissue swelling, people in anaphylactic shock often needs fluid replacement. If your heart rate is very slow during the shock (most cases have faster but faint heart rate), Atropine may be considered. They may also intubate you. The later you seek treatment, the worse the outcome. ...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 had a reaction to my allergy shot and was administered an epinephrine shot and a zyrtec (cetirizine) pill. Is it still safe to breastfeed my baby tonight?

I had a reaction to my allergy shot and was administered an epinephrine shot and a zyrtec (cetirizine) pill. Is it still safe to breastfeed my baby tonight?

Breast feeding OK: How long ago was your reaction? If you don't feel sleepy from the zyrtec (cetirizine) or your heart isn't beating rapidly from the Adrenalin you can breast feed your baby tonight. To be on the absolute safe side you can wait until tomorrow morning. ...Read more

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I take clonidine as needed for anxiety. I also take wkly allergy shots. I have to take an epipen (epinephrine) with me to appts. Will these two adversly interact?

I take clonidine as needed for anxiety. I also take wkly allergy shots. I have to take an epipen (epinephrine) with me to appts. Will these two adversly interact?

Seems not.: I looked up the drug interactions for clonidine, and there does not seem to be any significant interactions between the drug and medications that are similar to epinephrine but every person's experience is different so it is good to be mindful. ...Read more

Dr. Tia Tortoriello
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Epinephrine (Definition)

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