What is Epipen®.
Today, Epipen is the most recognized brand name #epinephrine auto-injector in the US. It is a medical device used to deliver a measured dose (or doses) of epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) using autoinjector technology, most frequently for the treatment of acute #allergic reactions to avoid or treat the onset of #anaphylactic shock. Now highly recommended by doctors and allergy experts as a life saving medication that should be carried by #school personnel, #food allergic individuals and their caregivers
Trade names for this device include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, and Jext. The EpiPen was originally derived from the ComboPen, a product developed for the military for treating exposure to nerve agents.
How is used?
After activation the patient holds the auto-injector device in place for 10 seconds as the epinephrine is delivered. This gives the drug enough time to be absorbed by the body’s muscles and diffused into the bloodstream. Using the device intravenously is highly discouraged, and can even be lethal as epinephrine is a local vascular constrictor, and used intravenously can restrict blood flow to the area of the injection site, causing subsequent damage to extremities. Additionally, intravenous administration of the epinephrine can cause ventricular tachycardia, or dangerously rapid heartbeat. After administering the device, patients are advised to seek immediate medical attention.
Importance of carrying and using epinephrine.
In one study of children and adolescents, 10 out of 13 fatal or near fatal anaphylactic reactions occurred outside of the home. None of the fatalities had epinephrine with them; all of the non-fatalities received epinephrine before or within 5 minutes of developing severe symptoms.
It takes only 1 to 2 minutes for a mild allergic reaction to escalate to anaphylaxis. The faster the onset of an anaphylactic reaction, the greater the likelihood that it will be severe.
Always be prepared in case of emergency, carry your life saving Epinephrine on you at all times.Omaxcare #epinephrine carriers