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Medicine For Epinephrine Allergy
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
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
See below: Epi-pens are used to treat serious allergic reactions, anaphylaxis. They are not for treatment of normal allergy symptoms. ...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
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
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
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
How can I get people to understand the seriousness of my life threatening latex allergy? Show them my epipen (epinephrine)?
Med alert bracelet: Consider getting a med alert bracelet and you can also show them that so it looks more official per say. ...Read more
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
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
If you have a fear of having food allergy, but the tests shows you don't have. Is it possible to get an epipen, (epinephrine) even if you don't have any allergies?
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
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?
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
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
Baby girl has severe multiple food allergy with symptoms of anaphylaxis but drs say no to epipen (epinephrine). Why would they do that?
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
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
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?
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
Heart patients on toprol (metoprolol) who have anaphylactic shock from food allergies. How are they treated? Still with typical epinephrine?
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.
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
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