Can a epi pen help during an asthma attack?

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.
Yes...but.. Some 4 decades ago something similar was the common 1st management for an attack. Drawbacks include the massive stimulation of the heart rate and elevation of blood pressure. It could be used in an emergency if an inhaler wasn't available, but the effects wear off in about 15 min. The person should be on their way to get needed care or it could get worse quickly.

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Will an epi pen help during a severe asthma attack until I can get medical care?

Yes. If your attack is that bad it may help until 911 arrives.You should never be without an inhaler and a face mask as you may not be able to breathe in or even use a chamber if very anxious . Wear a bracelet too! 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 more...
Sort of. It will help to open your airways up but the real treatmement is steroids. These need to be started before the Epinephrine wears off (~15-30 minutes depending on blood flow). If you are needing your epi-pen you should be calling 911 too. Read more...