Quick Answer: How Is An Epi Pen Used?

Do I need an epi pen?

If you are unsure if you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction, it is generally better to use EpiPen®.

Using epinephrine (the medicine in EpiPen®) immediately after exposure to an allergy trigger can help reverse the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction… and could help save a life..

How long should you hold an EpiPen in place?

Hold the auto-injector in place until all the medicine is injected—usually no more than 3 seconds. Remove the needle by pulling the pen straight out. A protective shield will cover the needle as soon as it is removed from the thigh. Put the injector back into its safety tube.

Do you have to go to the hospital after using an EpiPen?

You should always be checked out at the ER after using your EpiPen. That is not because of the epinephrine, but because the allergic reaction probably requires further monitoring. Many patients also need more than one dose of epinephrine or other emergency treatments.

Why does an EpiPen have to be injected in the thigh?

As opposed to the upper arm, the thigh muscle is one of the body’s largest muscles with more blood supply, so it allows much faster absorption of the medication. The outer thigh, versus the front of the thigh, is recommended because it provides a skin area with thinner tissue and less fat.

How long does it take for epinephrine to wear off?

Seek emergency medical attention after any use of epinephrine. The effects of epinephrine may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes.

What happens if you use an EpiPen when you don’t need 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.

What is an EpiPen and what does it do?

This medication is used in emergencies to treat very serious allergic reactions to insect stings/bites, foods, drugs, or other substances. 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.

Can I use Benadryl instead of EpiPen?

Often people use antihistamines like Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin or Allegra before epinephrine which is usually not a good idea. Antihistamines only relieve mild allergy symptoms and there is no scientific evidence to show that antihistamines are effective in anaphylaxis.

How long does epinephrine stay in your system?

How long does a dose of epinephrine last? According to Dr. Brown, studies have shown there is “epinephrine in your system for at least 6 hours. It’s at a higher level for about an hour, and it peaks around 5 minutes.

What does using an EpiPen feel like?

“I’ve given myself an EpiPen just to see what it was like and it’s not a comfortable experience,” Montanaro said. “You feel totally uncontrolled, you feel anxious, and your heart races.” Once injected, epinephrine works quickly to raise blood pressure and open airways. However, one dose may not be enough for everyone.

When do you use an epi pen?

Epinephrine should be used immediately if you experience severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, repetitive coughing, weak pulse, generalized hives, tightness in the throat, trouble breathing/swallowing, or a combination of symptoms from different body areas such as hives, rashes, or swelling on the skin coupled …