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Can people have an epinephrine allergy?

Can people have an epinephrine allergy?

Unlikely true allerg: Since Epinephrine and norepinephrine are normally secreted hormones of the body, one is not allergic to it; but, like any drug or medicine, chemical--one may have an adverse reaction (not allergic reaction) to excess amounts for that particular person. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...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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Does epipen (epinephrine) work for cat allergies?

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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I got an epipen (epinephrine) abuot 6 months ago. Do epipen (epinephrine)'s work for any allergy?

I got an epipen (epinephrine) abuot 6 months ago. Do epipen (epinephrine)'s work for any allergy?

Anaphylaxis: Epinephrine is an emergency treatment for a systemic allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Epipen's are not indicated for the treatment of "any allergy". ...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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How to know if I need a epipen (epinephrine) oral allergy syndrome?

How to know if I need a epipen (epinephrine) oral allergy syndrome?

Difficulty breathing: It is unusual to need epipen (epinephrine) for oral allergy syndrome. If you experience throat closing, difficulty breathing, wheezing or uncontrollable coughing then I would administer and call 911. ...Read more

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When would self-injectable epinephrine be prescribed for a food allergy or allergies?

When would self-injectable epinephrine be prescribed for a food allergy or allergies?

Severe allergy: This would be prescribed for a serious food allergy that has the potential to cause as a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. A history of hives or respiratory symptoms caused by a food ingestion with evidence of allergy to that food on testing suggests the need to carry epinephrine. Common foods would include peanut, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish, although any food can be implicated. ...Read more

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I got an epipen (epinephrine) for a severe pineapple allergy. How long will it last, what would you recommend?

I got an epipen (epinephrine) for a severe pineapple allergy. How long will it last, what would you recommend?

Epi: They usually last a year but need to check expiration date on device itself. Keep out of extreme temperatures (do not leave in hot car, freezer, etc) ...Read more

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I have allergies. When I come into contact with allergen, should I use epipen (epinephrine) before symptoms progress even though I'm just itchy? Or should I wait?

I have allergies. When I come into contact with allergen, should I use epipen (epinephrine) before symptoms progress even though I'm just itchy? Or should I wait?

Depending on what: The allergen is and what reaction you have had in the past....also depends on where the itching is. For example, if you have itching in your throat or around your mouth and have had an allergic reaction needing epi in the past, you should not wait. You should use the epipen (epinephrine) and get to a hospital. This is more likely to be the case with a food allergen or bee sting. Please also discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Possible bee, wasp allergy. Should I use epipen (epinephrine) if they bite me?

If you have had: Significant allergic reactions - then an Epipen (epinephrine) can be life saving. Have you been medically workep up for this? Was the epi-pen prescribed for you? Is the Epipen (epinephrine) within date (not expired)? Do you know how to use an epipen (epinephrine)? In the middle of an anaphlactic reaction is not the time to try to figure it out. ...Read more

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What's is the epinephrine fir my astma and allergy doctor prescribed it to me specially I get nervous with needles.

What's is the epinephrine fir my astma and allergy doctor prescribed it to me specially I get nervous with needles.

Rarely indicated: Although epinephrine was used extensively in the past for asthma attacks, it is mainly used for anaphylaxis today. If you do have frequent asthma attacks not relieved by even 4 puffs of the rescue inhaler, you may need an adjustment in your controller drug. I have not prescribed epinephrine for asthma in over 3 decades. Get a 2nd opinion if NEEDED. ...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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Should the allergist have given me an Epipen (epinephrine) for my new basil allergy? Also, my symptoms came back 3 days after I ate basil. Should I be worried?

Should the allergist have given me an Epipen (epinephrine) for my new basil allergy? Also, my symptoms came back 3 days after I ate basil. Should I be worried?

Likely unrelated: First basil allergy is likely extremely rare. 2nd allergy to food usually occurs within 2 hrs (up to 10 hrs with red meat) and your reaction after 72 hrs is not from basil. Thus I would look for another culprit. EpiPen (epinephrine) should be available if you have had an anaphylactic reaction regardless of what might have caused it. If you did not have one, then EpiPen (epinephrine) is not needed. ...Read more

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Why do I need an epipen (epinephrine) for a peanut allergy if I never have had anaphylaxis?

Why do I need an epipen (epinephrine) for a peanut allergy if I never have had anaphylaxis?

Unpredictable: The primary reason is that you never know how severe future reactions can be. Just because you've never had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut does not mean you never will. Please carry your epipen! ...Read more

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Is it bad to be on propranolol if I have food allergies? I've read that I can't have epinephrine or epipen if I have anaphylactic reaction??

Can use but risks: Non-Selective B Blockers such as propanolol can blunt the good effects of epinephrine so that more epinephrine may be needed to achieve a good response. The propanolol can make use of EpiPen more prone to increase your blood pressure.. If you take propanolol for migraine or thyroid, you will likely be ok with EpiPen, but may need more. If it is for cardiac issues, you should be more careful. ...Read more

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Have allergies, hives that are frequent, sometimes warm flushing. When to use epipen (epinephrine)? For every bout of hives? Never have breathing probs or swelling.

Have allergies, hives that are frequent, sometimes warm flushing. When to use epipen (epinephrine)? For every bout of hives? Never have breathing probs or swelling.

No epipen (epinephrine): Epipen (epinephrine) should be used only when you have breathing problem from swelling in the throat of tongue or starting or faint from anaphylaxis. It should not be used for hives which can usually be controlled with 4x daily antihistamine. Consult an allergist to find out what can b e done about your hives. ...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

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Ate catfish felt weird, out of breath, felt like I would faint. Used epipen, (epinephrine) ems gave me oxygen. Allergyblood test said no allergy how can this be?

Ate catfish felt weird, out of breath, felt like I would faint. Used epipen, (epinephrine) ems gave me oxygen. Allergyblood test said no allergy how can this be?

See allergist: Blood test is generally less sensitive than skin tests, thus I would urge you to consult an allergist. Rarely one may t be allergic to only one species of fish and thus testing with the actual catfish may be considered. If the fish was fried, it was likely contaminated with other foods particularly shellfish or crustacea. You need an allergist's help to sort this out. Carry epinephrine always. ...Read more

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Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Use for anaphylaxis: Epinephrine is used for anaphylaxis. If one is having anaphylaxis then use of injectable Epinephrine is indicated. If the patient is wheezing then albuterol can used as well. If epi is used 911 must be called. ...Read more

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I may need cephalosporin therapy with a suspected penicillin allergy. How does it work? Do I take a 3rd generation by mouth and sit in an ER waiting room with a buddy and an epipen (epinephrine)?

I may need cephalosporin therapy with a suspected penicillin allergy. How does it work? Do I take a 3rd generation by mouth and sit in an ER waiting room with a buddy and an epipen (epinephrine)?

Penicillin allergy: Among all patients reporting penicillin allergy, 85 to 90% will tolerate a penicillin, either because they were never allergic or because they had an earlier allergy that subsequently resolved. Among penicillin skin test-positive patients, approximately 2% will react to a cephalosporin. ...Read more

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Can I use my epipen (epinephrine) for dust allergies? I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with my throat so irritated it's hard to swallow or breath.

Can I use my epipen (epinephrine) for dust allergies? I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with my throat so irritated it's hard to swallow or breath.

Should only: Be used for the exact reason it was prescribed... Minor irritation is not a reason to use the med. Go over the indications for use with your doctor again if you are unclear. ...Read more

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I have severe shellfish allergy. I never had Anaphylaxis but I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine). Will an EpiPen (epinephrine) reverse throat swelling? I have Asthma as well.

Yes it would: Epipen (epinephrine) would help open the blocked airway, that's what it's meant for besides dilating the air passages in the lungs and elevating the blood pressure in case of anaphylaxis ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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


Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
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Epinephrine (Definition)

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