Q&A: How the EpiPen Can Save Your Life
Posted on: July 15, 2016 | Posted in medicine
The thought of having a severe allergic reaction is scary. Thankfully, medicine has progressed over time, and we now have a life-saving formula that can be kept in your pocket. The epinephrine injector, also called EpiPen, has been saving lives for over 25 years. The simple yet effective medicine is the initial response to a severe allergic reaction, buying precious time until medics arrive.
Schedule an appointment and we will help you create an Anaphylaxis Action Plan which will include information about the auto-injectable EpiPen.
Knowledge is key in the fight against severe allergies. Should you ever need to use the epinephrine injector, be informed on how and when to use this medicine.
How Do I Use My EpiPen?
Your life-saving medicine can be used by following these simple steps:
- Take the epinephrine injector out of its protective tube and hold firmly. The needle will project from the orange tab, which should always be facing downward.
- Remove the blue cap (safety release), and your EpiPen is now ready to use.
- Firmly administer the EpiPen into the outer thigh for quick absorption. Do not inject it into any other body part than the outer thigh. You will hear a clicking sound which notifies you that it worked appropriately.
- Hold the EpiPen firmly on your outer thigh for 10 seconds, then remove.
- Immediately call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room for medical attention.
Epinephrine is the best medicine for severe allergic reactions. However, it is not a substitute for professional medical attention.
When Should I Use My Epinephrine Injector?
Use the EpiPen when a person is experiencing anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Several symptoms of anaphylaxis include trouble breathing, shortness of breath, itchy skin, wheezing, coughing, diarrhea, or hives.
Where Should I Keep It?
Your EpiPen should be kept at room temperature (25°C, 77°F). It is not good for the EpiPen to be refrigerated or be exposed to extreme heat.
What’s the Difference Between EpiPen & EpiPen Jr.?
The Epipen, sporting a yellow label, has a single dose of 0.3mg of epinephrine. This dosage is appropriate for people weighing over 66 pounds. The EpiPen Jr., sporting a green label, has a single dose of .15mg of epinephrine. This smaller dosage is appropriate for people weighing 33 to 66 pounds. It is important to talk with Dr. Langford about how much dosage you or your child need in case of an allergic reaction.
Call us today at 478-787-4728 to schedule your appointment!