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EpiPen and saving lives

EpiPen and saving lives

 Friday, August 24, 2018 |  Views:148 |  Posted by: Family Urgent Care |  Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 36 Seconds |  Article Tags: 

Continuing our back to school and education on helping save lives this week we are going to talk about EpiPen. This injected drug has had some controversy over the months and years, but we are going to talk about the positive effects of this product. We want to be clear we aren’t saying to go buy the product. We are educating, and you need to talk to a physician to make certain this product, or any drug, is appropriate for you.

EpiPen is an injection with epinephrine which is a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. This drug is designed to reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Most individuals that utilize the EpiPen are those with severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs, and other allergens.

Before using EpiPen

To make sure EpiPen is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had any of the following issues within your life.

  • heart disease or high blood pressure;
  • a heart rhythm disorder;
  • coronary artery disease;
  • Parkinson's disease;
  • diabetes; or
  • a thyroid or adrenal gland disorder.

Having the above will not mean you can’t use an EpiPen. Just that the information needs to be made aware to your physician so that you are treated properly.

Common EpiPen questions and answers

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since EpiPen is normally used only as needed in an emergency, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule. Do not use repeat doses of EpiPen without a doctor's advice.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid?

Do not inject EpiPen into a vein or into the muscles of your buttocks, or it may not work as well. Inject it only into the fleshy outer portion of the thigh.

Accidentally injecting EpiPen into your hands or feet may result in a loss of blood flow to those areas and resulting numbness. If this occurs, seek emergency medical attention.

EpiPen side effects

Before using EpiPen a second time, call your doctor if your first injection caused a side effect such as increased breathing difficulty, or dangerously high blood pressure (a severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Call your doctor at once if you notice pain, swelling, warmth, redness, or other signs of infection around the area where you gave an injection.

Common EpiPen side effects may include:

  • breathing problems;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • pale skin, sweating;
  • ·nausea and vomiting;
  • dizziness;
  • weakness or tremors;
  • a throbbing headache; or
  • feeling nervous, anxious, or fearful.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur that aren’t listed above. Call and talk to your physician for medical advice about side effects and how it will work in your unique situation.

 

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