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Will An Epipen Help Asthma
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
Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
Since epipen (epinephrine) can temporary relax the air way, can epipen (epinephrine) used for asthma attack in emergency situations when no asthma medication available?
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 have severe shellfish allergy. I never had Anaphylaxis but I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine). Will an EpiPen (epinephrine) reverse throat swelling? I have Asthma as well.
Depends: Epi pens are used in people who experience severe allergic reactions. The source of the allergy is not really important. If the asthma attack is the direct result of the allergic reaction it may be beneficial. However, "epi" is a non-specific "agonist" whereas your rescue inhaler is specific for the receptors in your lungs and would probably work better with fewer side effects. ...Read more
Different use: Epi pens are used in people with severe, lifethreatening allergic reactions. Epinephrine is also a non-specific drug in that it stimulates different areas of the body so that side effects are very common anad sometimes dangerous. The rescue inhalers like albuterol are specific for the "receptors" in the lungs and so have little side effects outside that area. ...Read more
Yes: Epinephrine is old school - that's the way asthma was treated 30 years ago when access to nebulized bronchodilators like albuterol was limited. Another thing you can do in a severe asthma attack while waiting for help to arrive is to take an additional 2 to 4 puffs of your rescue inhaler. Either of these emergency actions will buy time but you need to get to the er or your doctor's office now! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Outgrowing asthma is a slightly controversial topic; while some adults who had asthma as a child do not have symptoms as an adult, objective measurements of lung function often find problems in these individuals. It is not clear if there is truly a lessening of the disease, a decrease in activity, or tolerance (or some combination of all three) that leads to the phenomina. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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