EpiPen: Emergency allergy injection

Published by Jason Finch

What is EpiPen used for?

EpiPen is an injection containing epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. EpiPen is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs, and other allergens. Epinephrine is also used to treat exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

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When should you use EpiPen?

If you have been exposed to your allergy trigger may prove to be life-saving. You should carry it with you at all times and use it immediately at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction.

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You may not always have predictable reactions and sometimes there may not be enough warning signs before a serious reaction occurs. However, if you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction then hesitating to use epinephrine—or not using it at all—can lead to a life-threatening situation.

Allergy Reactions

Such reactions may occur within minutes after exposure and consist of the following listed below:

  • flushing
  • apprehension  photo 3
  • tachycardia
  • convulsions
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea and abdominal cramps
  • involuntary voiding
  • wheezing
  • pruritis
  • rashes

 

Injections

EpiPen Auto-INJ 0.3MG Adrenaline 1 1000

EpiPen JR Auto-INJ 0.15MG Adrenaline 1 2000

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