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Why is this medication prescribed?
Epinephrine injection is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions caused by insect bites, foods, medications, latex, and other causes. Symptoms of allergic reaction include wheezing, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, hives, itching, swelling, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and loss of bladder control. Epinephrine is in a class of medications called sympathomimetic agents. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and tightening the blood vessels.
How should this medicine be used?
Epinephrine injection comes as a single-dose pre-filled automatic injection device to be injected into the thigh. You should only use it when you are experiencing or are likely to begin experiencing a serious allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor about substances that may cause serious allergic reactions and symptoms of these reactions.
Under certain conditions, you may need more than one epinephrine injection to treat an allergic reaction. Your doctor will tell you if and when you should use a second dose. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use epinephrine injection exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
To use the automatic injection device, follow these steps:
After you use the automatic injection device, follow these steps:
Handle the automatic injection device carefully to avoid accidentally injecting the epinephrine into your hands. If you do accidentally inject the epinephrine into any part of your body except your thigh, go to the nearest emergency room right away.
Other uses for this medicine
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using epinephrine injection:
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Epinephrine injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Epinephrine injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Keep this medication in the plastic carrying tube it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it in a dark place at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Pay attention to the expiration date of your automatic injection device, and be sure to always have an unexpired device available. Look at the liquid in the clear window of the device from time to time. Throw away the device if the liquid has changed color, is cloudy, or contains solid pieces, or if the expiration date has passed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
If you are experiencing an allergic emergency and the liquid in your device is discolored or otherwise appears abnormal, consult your doctor. He may tell you to use the device if you cannot get a fresh one quickly.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT