EpiPen® is a trademarked name for a special syringe for the injection of epinephrine (adrenaline). EpiPensdeliver epinephrine directly into the bloodstream of victims of a severe allergic reaction, also called anaphylactic shock. These reactions may be fatal.
EpiPens® are commonly prescribed for individuals with prior severe allergic reactions to certain foods, insect stings, food additives or drugs. Foods that can induce severe allergic reactions include nuts, shellfish and eggs. Insect stings include stings by bees, hornets or yellow jackets. Drugs such as penicillin can also induce severe reactions in some people.
EpiPens® come with an expiry date, so you should do your research in order to get the latest expiry date possible. You can get the best deal by comparing prices, which can vary widely. The best place to get the latest product is from big name drug stores, who have the highest turnover rates.
EpiPens come in two different strengths:
There are no ill effects to giving the EpiPen in a life-threatening (allergy) situation. If you or someone you know requires access to an EpiPen, consult your doctor to find out how to purchase one and where to keep one.
On Epinephrine. Epinephrine constricts the blood vessels and relaxes the muscles in the lungs to ease or aid breathing. It also stimulates the heartbeat and reverses swelling around the face and lips.
EpiPens are very easy to use. In fact, they are designed for emergency self-administration with the auto-injector spring activated.