Can you use an EpiPen without needing it?

If you have been prescribed EpiPen®, you should carry it with you at all times… and use it immediately at the first signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. In a severe allergic emergency, quick symptom recognition and immediate treatment are vital.

When would an EpiPen be used?

This medicine is used to treat severe allergic reactions called anaphylaxis (an uh ful LAK sis). When a child comes in contact with something they are allergic to, reactions usually happen fast, within 30 to 60 minutes.

Can you use an EpiPen if not prescribed?

You can’t just go to a pharmacy and ask for an EpiPen. You need to have a prescription for one, and you should fill that prescription long before you have an allergic reaction serious enough to use the EpiPen. You should have the pen available for when you have an allergic reaction.

What conditions does an EpiPen not treat?

Who should not take EPIPEN?

  • overactive thyroid gland.
  • diabetes.
  • a type of movement disorder called parkinsonism.
  • closed angle glaucoma.
  • high blood pressure.
  • a heart attack.
  • angina, a type of chest pain.
  • coronary artery disease.

What happens if you use an EpiPen and don’t go to the hospital?

Use your EpiPen at the first sign of anaphylaxis. A delay in administering epinephrine can be life threatening. Always call 911 or go to the emergency room after using your EpiPen.

What does an EpiPen do to a normal person?

Epinephrine works quickly to improve breathing, stimulate the heart, raise a dropping blood pressure, reverse hives, and reduce swelling of the face, lips, and throat.

When should I use an EpiPen for hives?

Epinephrine should be used immediately if you experience severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, repetitive coughing, weak pulse, generalized hives, tightness in the throat, trouble breathing/swallowing, or a combination of symptoms from different body areas such as hives, rashes, or swelling on the skin coupled …

How is the drug epinephrine is administered if not attainable of intravascular access?

Intramuscular (IM) injection of epinephrine at the earliest opportunity, followed by additional epinephrine by IM or intravenous (IV) injection as needed.

What are the indications for epinephrine?

Epinephrine injection is indicated in the emergency treatment of type I allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. It is also used to increase mean arterial blood pressure in adult patients with hypotension associated with septic shock.

Do all allergies require an EpiPen?

What allergies require an EpiPen? Any severe allergic reaction, also known as anaphylaxis, can be treated with an EpiPen. This can include food allergies like a peanut allergy, allergic reactions to insect stings and bites, and allergies to medications.

What happens if you use the EpiPen and don’t need it?

What Will Happen If You Use The Epipen and Don’t Need It. Most people understand that an Epipen contains epinephrine. Epinephrine is adrenaline and a naturally occurring hormone in the body. Once injected epinephrine will: Enhance your breathing, quicken your heart, and raise blood pressure.

What is an EpiPen?

EpiPen is the brand name of a device that delivers the drug epinephrine, which is a life-saving medication used when someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. EpiPen is an auto-injectable device and the generic term is injectable epinephrine. This medication acts on the whole body to shut down the allergic response.

Do EpiPens work for allergic reactions?

Due to the unpredictable nature of allergic reactions, epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) are prescribed. EpiPens deliver medicine quickly and effectively. No child has ever had serious problems from a standard dose of epinephrine when using an EpiPen. Times when you need to use an EpiPen can be stressful.

Why are EpiPens prescribed for children?

Due to the unpredictable nature of allergic reactions, epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) are prescribed. EpiPens deliver medicine quickly and effectively. No child has ever had serious problems from a standard dose of epinephrine when using an EpiPen.