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Be Prepared




By Epipen

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, people who have experienced symptoms of anaphylaxis previously are at risk for subsequent reactions and should carry an epinephrine injector with them at all times.1 The EpiPen® auto-injector offers a premeasured dose of epinephrine for self-administration that is simple to use (a push-activated, automatic injection) and is easily carried in a pocket or purse. Moreover, it is safe for latex-allergic patients because unlike many syringes or IV tubes, the EpiPen® auto-injector contains no latex.

In addition to carrying epinephrine, people with life-threatening allergies should also make sure that it is readily available in their homes, offices, schools, or anywhere else they spend a lot of time. Parents of children with life-threatening allergies should make sure that their children's teachers and caregivers have an epinephrine auto-injector on hand and know how to administer it.

Side effects of epinephrine may include palpitations, tachycardia (an abnormally fast heartbeat), sweating, nausea and vomiting, and respiratory difficulty. Cardiac arrhythmias may follow administration of epinephrine. Patients should ask their physician about the circumstances under which this life-saving medication should be used.

Additionally, patients should ask their physicians whether antihistamines should be carried in addition to epinephrine. Wearing a medical identification bracelet indicating the patient's allergies and susceptibility to anaphylaxis can help ensure prompt, proper treatment during an emergency.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, people who have experienced symptoms of anaphylaxis previously are at risk for subsequent reactions and should carry an epinephrine injector with them at all times.1 The EpiPen® auto-injector offers a premeasured dose of epinephrine for self-administration that is simple to use (a push-activated, automatic injection) and is easily carried in a pocket or purse. Moreover, it is safe for latex-allergic patients because unlike many syringes or IV tubes, the EpiPen® auto-injector contains no latex.

In addition to carrying epinephrine, people with life-threatening allergies should also make sure that it is readily available in their homes, offices, schools, or anywhere else they spend a lot of time. Parents of children with life-threatening allergies should make sure that their children's teachers and caregivers have an epinephrine auto-injector on hand and know how to administer it.

Side effects of epinephrine may include palpitations, tachycardia (an abnormally fast heartbeat), sweating, nausea and vomiting, and respiratory difficulty. Cardiac arrhythmias may follow administration of epinephrine. Patients should ask their physician about the circumstances under which this life-saving medication should be used.

Additionally, patients should ask their physicians whether antihistamines should be carried in addition to epinephrine. Wearing a medical identification bracelet indicating the patient's allergies and susceptibility to anaphylaxis can help ensure prompt, proper treatment during an emergency.
 
 
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