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Medicine For Racemic Epinephrine Allergy
The form it comes in: Adrenaline is the chemical. Racemic epi is epi in an aerosol diluted form to deliver into the lungs to function as a bronchodilator and treats bronchial constriction, like in asthma or after removing an endo tracheal tube after surgery. It is a sympathetic (adrenaline) drug that leads to dilating the bronchial tubes. ...Read more
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
Aerosol form of epi: Adrenaline is the chemical. Racemic epi is epi in an aerosol diluted form to deliver into the lungs to function as a bronchodilator and treats bronchial constriction, like in asthma or after removing an endo tracheal tube after surgery. It is a sympathetic (adrenaline) drug that leads to dilating the bronchial tubes. ...Read more
Yes: You can, but obviously you would only use the pen in case of an allergic emergency. ...Read more
Don't over do it: Yes, as long as you follow the label and prescription directions. ...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
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
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
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
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?
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