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What Happens If You Use An Expired Epipen
Not a good idea: If you have nothing else on hand, you can use the expired Epipen (epinephrine) knowing that it will be less effective or not effective at all. However it is strongly advised to check the expiration date on the Epipen (epinephrine) regularly since the consequence may be deathly.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Immediately: Use your Epipen at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction which can occur minutes to hours after exposure. Signs can include itching or swelling of the mouth and throat, hives, shortness of breath, coughing, or dizziness. If you are unsure you are having a reaction, it is generally better to use the Epipen. Call 911 or have someone get you to an emergency room after using your Epipen.
Acute allergy: Epipen (epinephrine) is for an acute allergic reaction. If you have a known allergy & come into contact with that allergen for any reason, you may develop a reaction. If you develop sudden shortness of breath, wheezing, throat closing, face/lip/tongue swelling, or severe rash (more than just mild non-raised redness on 1 part of your body), inject the epipen (epinephrine) into a large muscle (e.g. thigh) immed. & call 911.
Cannot say in your p: Particular case because a lot of individual factors influence sentivity to stress hormones (hypertension/hypertension meds, heart, lung issues). Psychologically the panic can be quite significant. Mostly below age 40, heart races and some other mild symptoms but not too much. On the other hand, in an allergic reaction, those symptoms can be very severe.
You may bring it to: A hospital and they can dispose of it for youSee 1 more doctor answer
My EpiPen (epinephrine) expires this month. Can I still use it for the whole month? Will it still be good? Can they last past the expiration date?
Degrades with time: Yes, but potency is not guaranteed after the expiration date.
Will panic be worse when a person who has a history of anxiety uses an Epipen? If so, what are some options to reduce the severity of this symptom?
Yes: You can, however, I think there is concern about appropriate dosing and that is why the epipen exists in the first place. However, that has crossed my mind as a possibility.
Should I get arc for IM Benadryl? To use after the epipen? Or is oral better? What is fastest? What other antihistamines could I use?
Benadryl: Use after epipen: in case of a severe allergic reaction, you want to start by epipen, benadryl can be used prior if you can, or after, oral route is just as fine. If no response, the epinephrine should be repeated after 5 minutes of the initial injection, by that time you call 911 or reach emergency, wish you wellness
I am severely allergic to shellfish. I was prescribed an EpiPen (epinephrine). I never had to use one yet. How do you know if you need to use it? Does it reverse?
You will know: Keep your Epi pen with you at all times. Make sure it is up to date. General symptom-those that got you the prescription in the first place but especially throat swelling or trouble breathing. Once you use it it is best to dial 911. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may also help if taken while you can swallow. The Epi effects wear off over time, though they may be uncomfortable this medicine is life savingSee 1 more doctor answer
What specific symptoms warrant use of an epipen (epinephrine)? I have had one for years, have asthma, bronchospasms etc in life. Unsure "how bad" is bad enough 4epi
What form of antihistamine would provide fastest onset for use after I use epipen (epinephrine) before I got to the hospital. Pills, injection. Other than IV?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be: Given IM and has a rapid onset of action.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
I'm on toprol (metoprolol) XL for tachycardia & high bld press. I have an epipen incase of allergic reactions. Is it safe to use if I get a reaction or no?
Should I use epipen if I have a latex reaction and I have a rashoncontact and itchiness around lips and face? Or start with Benadryl (diphenhydramine).what requires epi?
How to treat anaphylactic shock if I'm on propranolol for WPW? Was warned I couldn't use Epipen (epinephrine) but concerned if I have reaction
Had anaphylaxis?: If you have suffered anaphylaxis, first see an allergist and have him/her discuss with your cardiologist changing propranolol to another anti-arrhythmic drug. There are medications that will be effective for anaphylaxis in patients who are on propranolol, If you haven't suffered from anaphylaxis and have no life-threatening allergies, stop worrying.
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