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Types And Sizes Of Epi Pen Injectors
Help please! Is epipen (epinephrine) jr auto injectors used for all allergic reactions or just emergency reactions?
Limited use: The value of an Epipen (epinephrine) is its ability to help block a tragic evolving allergic reaction and provide time for a person to reach urgent followup care. It's effect is relatively short (hour or so).If you simply break out in hives as a food reaction, it could help some, but since the food will be processed in your body for days, a longer agent like Diphenhydramine or citirazine would be more benificial. ...Read more
If a person is having anaphylactic shock, their blood vessels may suddenly dilate.
This can cause their blood pressure to drop, sometimes quite considerably.
If the blood pressure is too low, the pulse may not be able to be felt; the heart is, however, still beating in this case.
If a person is having anaphylactic shock, they need emergent treatment. ...Read more
What can I do if I had an allergic reaction and I don't know to what. I injected myself with my epipen (epinephrine). If I go to the hospital will I get hospitalized?
Consult an allergist: Many reactions mimic allergies but are due to other factors. You need to consult an allergist ASAP. ...Read more
If someone's allergic to peanuts but wants to eat them, can they technically inject themselves with epipen (epinephrine) before hand to prevent reaction?
Russian roulette: If you love russian roulette, the answer is yes. Otherwise a definitely no. Not all anaphylactic reactions can be reversed by Epinephrine and about 1/4 of anaphylactic reactions need a second shot of epinephrine. Peanut is not an essential food group, so don't go nuts over it. ...Read more
May be ineffective: It is unlikely that anything bad will happen except it may not work as well as a new epi-pen. There is a window to check the clarity of the medication and make sure it is clear, or it may be contaminated or the product has precipitated out of solution. I don't recommend that you rely on an expired product in a life threatening reaction. ...Read more
Epipen (epinephrine): Epipen (epinephrine) comes in a plastic devise made for carrying in a purse. For guys, a fanny pack works well. Don't leave an Epipen (epinephrine) in a car as the temp inside will destroy the epi. (especially during the summer). If you put one in the frig., put it in a ziplock to protect it from moisture. ...Read more
Epipen (epinephrine) duration: Epinepherine is a fast-acting med, and it wears off fast. The effect only "lasts" about 15 to 20 minutes before you need a 2nd injection or are at a hospital. ...Read more
EpiPen (epinephrine): Epipen (epinephrine) auto-injectors should only be injected into the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. Do not inject into buttock, or intravenously. Injecting into a blood stream could have fatal consequences, it can cause changes to the heart rythym that could cause cardiac arrest. If you inject into the neck you have a greater chance of injecting into a blood vessel. ...Read more
EpiPen (epinephrine) above 54#: Although the pdr states that Epipen (epinephrine) junior should be given to children >60 pounds, many allergists choose a lower minimal weight. A common cross-over is Epipen (epinephrine) junior for children up to 54 pounds and Epipen (epinephrine) for everyone heavier. ...Read more
See package insert: You should see your physician for detailed instructions, but in general, the Epipen (epinephrine) should be administered into the large muscle in you lateral thigh, and held for 8-10 seconds. After administration, you should call 911 or go to the er for further treatment (s). ...Read more
Minutes: Epinephrine when used for anaphylaxis generally lasts a very short time. In general, if you use one uses their injectable Epinephrine for a severe allergy reaction they must call 911 and get immediate help. The reason being is that the reaction may become more severe, last longer than expected or come back again. All of these scenarios require further care in the hospital setting. ...Read more
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