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Epipen and/or Equivalents

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Epipen 0.3mg and/or Equivalents Epipen

Epipen

Epipen Drug Description

Epipen is the brand name of an injection that belongs to the family of medications known as sympathomimetics. Such medications contain active ingredients that act like chemicals that are naturally released by your body in stressful situations like anger, anxiety or fear. The prime ingredient in Epipen is epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epipen is available as a pre-filled disposable auto-injection device in two strengths of Epipen 0.3mg and 0.15 mg (Epipen Jr). Each Epipen 0.3 auto-injectible device contains 2ml of epinephrine injection in the proportion of 1:1000 and provides your body with a single dose of 0.3 mg epinephrine. Each ml contains 1mg of epinephrine. Each Epipen Jr auto-injectible device contains 2ml of epinephrine injection in the proportion of 1:2000 and provides a single dose of 0.15mg epinephrine. Each ml contains 0.5mg of epinephrine. The inactive ingredients in both the strengths are 6mg of sodium chloride, 1.67mg of sodium metabisulfite and hydrochloric acid. The auto-injectible device is marked with clearly readable instructions and labels and is colour coded so that even the colour blind will have no difficulty in using it during emergency. The carrier has a flip-top cap and a bright orange needle cover that ensures that the syringe tip is never exposed. In Canada, Epipen is presented by Mylan Inc. and it can be used even without prescription.

Conditions Treated by Epipen

Epipen is used as an emergency treatment to save your life in case of anaphylaxis i.e. severe allergic reaction Allergies are something not many of us take seriously. We consider it as a common everyday ailment which subsides on its own or on taking simple medicines. However, allergic reactions can sometimes become so severe that it can lead to a life-threatening condition. Epipen is used to treat anaphylaxis in case of insect stings, bites, food, medication, exercises, unknown triggers or any other allergens. Anaphylaxis sets in rapidly within five to thirty minutes. Typical symptoms include difficulty in breathing, swelling in your face and throat region, hives, palpitations, severe diarrhoea and vomiting etc. Your blood pressure can drop to dangerous levels. Epipen is to be self-injected to reverse these effects of anaphylaxis so that they do not become fatal.

Epipen Dosage Information

a.) Typical dosage recommendations

Different factors like age, body weight, present medical condition, individual tolerance level and other medicines affect the typical dosage of any medication. In general, on shot of Epipen 0.3mg is used in adults as well as children weighing more than thirty kilograms and Epipen (Jr) 0.15mg is recommended for children weighing between fifteen and thirty kilograms. In case the symptoms do not alleviate within ten minutes, apply a second shot. This way, Epipen can be re-injected every five to fifteen minutes till you are fit enough to travel for further treatment or till further medical aid arrives.

b.) Missing a dose

Epipen is to be administered on an emergency need-based situation so there are no missed doses as such.

c.) Overdosing

Epipen overdose can elevate the arterial pressure, cause pulmonary oedema or result in transient bradycardia or tachycardia. All these conditions can become fatal if urgent treatment is not provided. Typical symptoms of overdose include extreme coldness and paleness of the skin, metabolic acidosis and even hepatic failure. You may also experience palpitations, severe and sudden headache, sudden weakness or numbness, dizziness, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, pain in the chest, or sudden difficulty in speech, vision or balance.

Epipen Warnings

Epipen is a life-saving medication to be used only during emergency situations. You should therefore know everything about this medication even if you are purchasing it without prescription. Discuss with your doctor in detail about the effects, side effects, contraindications and correct procedure of self-injecting yourself with Epipen before using this injection. Your doctor should also know if you are allergic to epinephrine or any of the inactive ingredients of Epipen. Epipen should be injected only into your outer thigh region. Contact your physician or nearest emergency centre in case you have injected the medicine into a blood vessel or into other areas of your body. You will have to keep the syringe inserted into your thigh muscles for at least ten seconds in order to inject adequate amount of medicine into your body. You can inject through your clothes. Carry an Epipen with you all the time if you have previous experience of anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction. However, the medicine is intended for immediate supportive therapy only and does not replace the actual treatment required for treating the allergy itself. Epipen will only reverse or alleviate the severity of the allergy so that it does not become fatal for you. In case you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician to know more about the risks and benefits of Epipen before using this medicine. Your doctor should also know if you have a present or past condition of cardiac disorder, thyroid disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, narrow angle glaucoma, brain damage or ashthma before s/he advises you to use Epipen. Epipen can make you feel dizzy so do not drive or perform any activity that requires you to be alert after using this medication. Always store the Epipen in its original tube to protect the medicine from direct sunlight. Check for the expiry date often and never use the injection if it is past the expiry date or if the solution has small particles and looks discoloured. Always store the medicine at room temperature in a cool and dark place away from children and pets. Never refrigerate the injection. Do not store it in your bathroom or vehicle. Discard the empty injection device as advised by your physician or pharmacist. Never flush down the toilet or through the drain.

Epipen Side Effects

Like all other medications, Epipen too has its side effects which can be mild or become serious depending on your individual physical factors. Contact your physician immediately in case you experience any of the following:

Epipen Drug Interactions

Epipen can interact adversely with diuretics, beta-blockers, certain histamines, cocaine, inhaled anaesthetics, Epipen

Epipen Drug Description

Epipen is the brand name of an injection that belongs to the family of medications known as sympathomimetics. Such medications contain active ingredients that act like chemicals that are naturally released by your body in stressful situations like anger, anxiety or fear. The prime ingredient in Epipen is epinephrine (also known as adrenaline). Epipen is available as a pre-filled disposable auto-injection device in two strengths of Epipen 0.3mg and 0.15 mg (Epipen Jr). Each Epipen 0.3 auto-injectible device contains 2ml of epinephrine injection in the proportion of 1:1000 and provides your body with a single dose of 0.3 mg epinephrine. Each ml contains 1mg of epinephrine. Each Epipen Jr auto-injectible device contains 2ml of epinephrine injection in the proportion of 1:2000 and provides a single dose of 0.15mg epinephrine. Each ml contains 0.5mg of epinephrine. The inactive ingredients in both the strengths are 6mg of sodium chloride, 1.67mg of sodium metabisulfite and hydrochloric acid. The auto-injectible device is marked with clearly readable instructions and labels and is colour coded so that even the colour blind will have no difficulty in using it during emergency. The carrier has a flip-top cap and a bright orange needle cover that ensures that the syringe tip is never exposed. In Canada, Epipen is presented by Mylan Inc. and it can be used even without prescription.

Conditions Treated by Epipen

Epipen is used as an emergency treatment to save your life in case of anaphylaxis i.e. severe allergic reaction Allergies are something not many of us take seriously. We consider it as a common everyday ailment which subsides on its own or on taking simple medicines. However, allergic reactions can sometimes become so severe that it can lead to a life-threatening condition. Epipen is used to treat anaphylaxis in case of insect stings, bites, food, medication, exercises, unknown triggers or any other allergens. Anaphylaxis sets in rapidly within five to thirty minutes. Typical symptoms include difficulty in breathing, swelling in your face and throat region, hives, palpitations, severe diarrhoea and vomiting etc. Your blood pressure can drop to dangerous levels. Epipen is to be self-injected to reverse these effects of anaphylaxis so that they do not become fatal.

Epipen Dosage Information

a.) Typical dosage recommendations

Different factors like age, body weight, present medical condition, individual tolerance level and other medicines affect the typical dosage of any medication. In general, on shot of Epipen 0.3mg is used in adults as well as children weighing more than thirty kilograms and Epipen (Jr) 0.15mg is recommended for children weighing between fifteen and thirty kilograms. In case the symptoms do not alleviate within ten minutes, apply a second shot. This way, Epipen can be re-injected every five to fifteen minutes till you are fit enough to travel for further treatment or till further medical aid arrives.

b.) Missing a dose

Epipen is to be administered on an emergency need-based situation so there are no missed doses as such.

c.) Overdosing

Epipen overdose can elevate the arterial pressure, cause pulmonary oedema or result in transient bradycardia or tachycardia. All these conditions can become fatal if urgent treatment is not provided. Typical symptoms of overdose include extreme coldness and paleness of the skin, metabolic acidosis and even hepatic failure. You may also experience palpitations, severe and sudden headache, sudden weakness or numbness, dizziness, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, pain in the chest, or sudden difficulty in speech, vision or balance.

Epipen Warnings

Epipen is a life-saving medication to be used only during emergency situations. You should therefore know everything about this medication even if you are purchasing it without prescription. Discuss with your doctor in detail about the effects, side effects, contraindications and correct procedure of self-injecting yourself with Epipen before using this injection. Your doctor should also know if you are allergic to epinephrine or any of the inactive ingredients of Epipen. Epipen should be injected only into your outer thigh region. Contact your physician or nearest emergency centre in case you have injected the medicine into a blood vessel or into other areas of your body. You will have to keep the syringe inserted into your thigh muscles for at least ten seconds in order to inject adequate amount of medicine into your body. You can inject through your clothes. Carry an Epipen with you all the time if you have previous experience of anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction. However, the medicine is intended for immediate supportive therapy only and does not replace the actual treatment required for treating the allergy itself. Epipen will only reverse or alleviate the severity of the allergy so that it does not become fatal for you. In case you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your physician to know more about the risks and benefits of Epipen before using this medicine. Your doctor should also know if you have a present or past condition of cardiac disorder, thyroid disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, narrow angle glaucoma, brain damage or ashthma before s/he advises you to use Epipen. Epipen can make you feel dizzy so do not drive or perform any activity that requires you to be alert after using this medication. Always store the Epipen in its original tube to protect the medicine from direct sunlight. Check for the expiry date often and never use the injection if it is past the expiry date or if the solution has small particles and looks discoloured. Always store the medicine at room temperature in a cool and dark place away from children and pets. Never refrigerate the injection. Do not store it in your bathroom or vehicle. Discard the empty injection device as advised by your physician or pharmacist. Never flush down the toilet or through the drain.

Epipen Side Effects

Like all other medications, Epipen too has its side effects which can be mild or become serious depending on your individual physical factors. Contact your physician immediately in case you experience any of the following:

Epipen Drug Interactions

Epipen can interact adversely with diuretics, beta-blockers, certain histamines, cocaine, inhaled anaesthetics, salbutamol, MAOI antidepressants, digoxin and several other prescription and non-prescription drugs. Your doctor should therefore know everything about other medications you are taking presently, including herbal medicines, dietary supplement and vitamins. Your doctor should therefore know everything about other medications you are taking presently, including herbal medicines, dietary supplement and vitamins.

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Epipen and/or Equivalents warnings, side-effects and general information