Use your EpiPen at the first sign of anaphylaxis. A delay in administering epinephrine can be life threatening. Always call 911 or go to the emergency room after using your EpiPen.
Should you still seek medical attention after an EpiPen use?
Seek emergency medical attention even after you use EpiPen to treat a severe allergic reaction. The effects may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes. You will need to receive further treatment and observation.
How long do you have to get to the hospital after EpiPen?
You will need to go to hospital for observation – usually for 6-12 hours – as the symptoms can occasionally return during this period. While in hospital: an oxygen mask may be used to help breathing. fluids may be given directly into a vein to help increase blood pressure.
What should you immediately do after you inject the EpiPen?
After you give the injection, call 911 or your local emergency services if you haven’t already done so. Tell the dispatcher about the anaphylactic reaction.
Should you call 911 when someone has anaphylaxis?
If you’re with someone having an allergic reaction with signs of anaphylaxis: Immediately call 911 or your local medical emergency number. Ask the person if he or she is carrying an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, others) to treat an allergic attack.
What happens if you use an EpiPen and don’t go to the hospital?
A delay in administering epinephrine can be life threatening. Always call 911 or go to the emergency room after using your EpiPen.
What happens if you use an EpiPen without needing it?
An accidental injection to the hands or feet can impair blood flow to these areas and can potentially cause tissue death. This however, is the worst-case scenario. Symptoms of an accidental injection are not usually so severe and may include: temporary numbness or tingling.
Can you survive anaphylaxis without treatment?
Anaphylaxis happens fast and produces serious symptoms throughout the entire body. Without treatment, symptoms can cause serious health consequences and even death.
What can I use if I don’t have an EpiPen?
Alternatives to EpiPen
- Epinephrine Autoinjector. Teva pharmaceuticals received FDA approval in August of 2018 for the first ‘true’ generic of the EpiPen. …
- Adrenaclick. …
- Impax Epinephrine Autoinjector (authorized generic for Adrenaclick) …
- Auvi-Q. …
What does an EpiPen do to a healthy person?
Epinephrine acts quickly to improve breathing, stimulate the heart, raise a dropping blood pressure, reverse hives, and reduce swelling of the face, lips, and throat.
How long does it take for an EpiPen to work?
Dr. Brown generally recommends between 5 and 15 minutes as a reasonable timeframe between doses to determine if the epinephrine has taken effect. She says that “if you have someone who looks like they are not breathing, they are turning blue, they are passed out, you would shorten the time window.”
What are the most common anaphylaxis triggers?
Common anaphylaxis triggers include:
- foods – including nuts, milk, fish, shellfish, eggs and some fruits.
- medicines – including some antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin.
- insect stings – particularly wasp and bee stings.
- general anaesthetic.
How long do you hold an EpiPen in the leg for?
Hold the leg firmly in place before and during the injection. You can give the injection through clothes or on bare skin. Hold the auto-injector in place for 10 seconds.