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EpiPen (Epinephrine) is an auto injector that delivers Epinephrine into the body in cases of severe allergic reactions. Epinephrine stimulates the heart, raises blood pressure, reverses hives, and can reduce swelling on the face, lips and throat in cases of serious allergic reactions.
You will only require the use of an EpiPen (Epinephrine) in emergency situations. To prepare for an emergency keep an EpiPen with you or somewhere you can easily access in emergencies. If you know you have serious or life threatening allergies keep the EpiPen with you at all times in case you need to administer a shot.
There can different brands of EpiPen (Epinephrine) requiring slightly different instructions on how to inject the medication in the body. Read all the instructions and paper for your EpiPen and then teach family members, co workers, or anyone around you how to administer the EpiPen in case you are not physically able to administer the shot.
It is important that you discuss all your known allergies before deciding if the EpiPen is the right solution for you. EpiPen contains sulfites and could additionally create an interaction with those who are sensitive to sulfites. Speak with your doctor regarding any sensitivities to sulfites or other minerals to know the risks of using an EpiPen in emergency situations.
The EpiPen (Epinephrine) could make you dizzy after use. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know you can perform these actions safley. Avoid alcohol after having used an EpiPen as it can exasperate the dizzying effects. Speak with your doctor regarding alcohol use during allergic reactions or in cases when you have to administer an EpiPen.
Common side effects can include:
upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, nervousness, weakness, pale skin, headache, anxiety, tremors, shaking hands that are not controllable
More serious side effects can also include:
increased breathing difficulty, dangerously high blood pressure, severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, seizure
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects after administering an EpiPen shot. If you experience any serious side effects contact your doctor for additional medical treatment.
Q: Can I use this in an emergency while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: The EpiPen is for emergency use and can save your life along with the unborn baby. Check with your doctor regarding the risk associated with have Epinephrine injected while pregnant. Additionally you should also speak with your doctor regarding the effects of the EpiPen while breast feeding.
Q: When should I take the EpiPen?
A: This is an emergency auto inject able intended to stop a severe allergic reaction. You should use the EpiPen only if you develop a severe allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor regarding the treatment of minor allergic reactions.
Q: How should I store the EpiPen?
A: You should store the EpiPen at room temperature and should kept away from children and pets. If you have serious allergies you should store the EpiPen somewhere close or keep it with you at all times in case of an emergency. Speak with your pharmacist to learn how to safely dispose of EpiPens.
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