Prescription onlyClass: Respiratory

Epipen 

(epinephrine)

Prescription onlyClass: Respiratory
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Emergency injection for severe allergic reactions.

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Our bottom line

Epipen (Epinephrine) is a life-saving medication for severe allergic reactions. Just make sure you know how to give an injection before it's needed.

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Upsides

  • Epipen (Epinephrine) is an easy-to-use automatic injector. Just place the injector on the upper/outer part of your thigh and press a button.
  • Can be used immediately to stop a life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • The Jr. dose is for children 33lbs to 66 lbs. Adults should use the standard Epipen (Epinephrine).

Downsides

  • If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, you may a greater risk of having side effects from Epipen (Epinephrine).
  • You can only use 2 Epipen (Epinephrine) injections to treat a severe allergic reaction. If you need a 3rd dose, it'll have to be given by a doctor in a hospital or healthcare setting.
  • Injecting Epipen (Epinephrine) into body parts other than the upper/outer thigh can cause serious damage and may not treat your allergic reaction. Never, ever accidentally inject it into your hand.
  • You should keep two Epipen (Epinephrine) injectors that haven't expired yet with you at all times if you know you have severe allergies to insects, foods, drugs, or other products.
How it works

Epipen (Epinephrine) is like adrenaline. It relaxes muscles in your lungs and relieves spasm, wheezing, and shortness of breath that happens during a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

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Side effect rates for Epipen (epinephrine)

Risks and Warnings for Epipen (epinephrine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Heart condition
    • High blood pressure

    An injection of epinephrine can cause a significant increase in blood pressure.

Common concerns from people taking Epipen (epinephrine)

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Pregnancy
Weight
  • In overweight or obese people, including children, inject Epipen (Epinephrine) into the lower half of the thigh or calf.