When should you use an epipen?

EpiPen is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs, and other allergens. Epinephrine is also used to treat exercise-induced anaphylaxis. EpiPen may be kept on hand for self-injection by a person with a history of an severe allergic reaction.

What does an EpiPen do to your body? EpiPen is an injection containing epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These effects can reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Can you get a cheaper EpiPen? Yes , cheaper options are now available after much controversy about the high price of this life-saving drug. In fact, the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine) auto-injector, from Teva Pharmaceuticals, was approved in August 2018.

When and how to administer and EpiPen? Instruct patients and/or caregivers in the appropriate use of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. EpiPen should be injected into the middle of the outer thigh (through clothing, if necessary) . Each device is a single-use injection . Advise patients to seek immediate medical care in conjunction with administration of EpiPen.

Who can administer an EpiPen? Depending on laws in your state and the level of training a first aid provider has, it may be permissible for a first aid provider to administer an EpiPen to a victim of anaphylaxis. The EpiPen must already be prescribed to the patient in order for it to be used. A fairly new automatic injector of epinephrine is on the market by Auvi‑Q.