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In general, what does epinephrine do, i.e. how does it work to remedy anaphylactic reaction? Thank you.

In general, what does epinephrine do, i.e. how does it work to remedy anaphylactic reaction? Thank you.

In many: ways it helps- acts on a number of receptors causes constriction, or tightening, of the blood vessels, which decreases swelling and also helps to increase blood pressure, increases the heart’s contraction and heart rate, which can help to prevent or reverse cardiovascular collapse. Epinephrine relaxes the muscles around the airways in the lun ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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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How is epinephrine administered?

Many: It depends on why you are using it but Epinephrine can be given intramuscularly, sub-cutaneously, intravenously or also as a nasal spray. There is no pill form. ...Read more

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What are Epinephrine injections used for?

What are Epinephrine injections used for?

Epinephrine: "Epinephrine is a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These effects can reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction. Epinephrine injection is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) ." See: http://www.drugs.com/mtm/epinephrine-injection.html ...Read more

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Who should not use Epinephrine injections?

Epinephrine injectio: Lidocaine and Epinephrine are often injected together. "Lidocaine is contraindicated in patients with a known history of hypersensitivity to local anesthetics of the amide type." See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/lidocaine-and-epinephrine-injection.html ...Read more

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What do low levels of epinephrine indicate?

I don't: Know how and why you had Epinephrine levels drawn. They are very rarely indicated or evaluated because they're rarely a cause of medical problems. Or do you just "think" you may have low epinephrine? What are the symptoms that led to the evaluation? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Can children be given Epinephrine injections?

Can children be given Epinephrine injections?

If indicated: Epinephrine is used in children when necessary to prevent life threatening illness. ...Read more

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How can I increase nor epinephrine production?

How can I increase nor epinephrine production?

Don't think, do...: When you encounter something that causes you to be anxious, have the courage to work through it and beat it. When you know something will be exciting (and safe to your kind and body, turn it into a challenge and an adventure. ...Read more

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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. Tia Tortoriello
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Epinephrine (Definition)

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