Why Does An EpiPen Have To Be Injected In The Thigh?

Dr. Sharma: Epinephrine is recommended to be given into the muscle, and not the subcutaneous tissue, because administration into the muscle will provide a more rapid increase in its concentrations in the blood and tissues. This fast uptake of epinephrine is critical in the treatment of anaphylaxis. via

How do you inject an EpiPen?

Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh (upper leg) at a right angle (perpendicular) to the thigh. Swing and push the auto-injector firmly until it “clicks.” The click signals that the injection has started. Hold firmly in place for 3 seconds (count slowly 1, 2, 3). via

Can EpiPen go through jeans?

Seek immediate medical attention in the case of an accidental injection. It can be administered while wearing pants. Contrary to popular belief, the EpiPen injection can be delivered through clothing. Count to 10 while administering the epinephrine. via

Where should you inject an epi pen on a casualty in anaphylaxis?

The Epipen

should be injected into the outer mid-thigh muscle and can be administered through a single layer of clothing (not seams or pockets and be aware of things in pockets). It should be stored with a copy of the ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis, in an easily accessible, unlocked location. via

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. via

How long do you hold EpiPen in thigh?

Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh (upper leg) at a right angle (perpendicular) to the thigh. Swing and push the auto-injector firmly until it “clicks.” The click signals that the injection has started. Hold firmly in place for 3 seconds (count slowly 1, 2, 3). via

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

Why you should go to the emergency room after using the 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. via

How fast does an EpiPen work?

Symptoms allergic reactions including trouble breathing, swelling, low blood pressure, and rash should improve rapidly after using EpiPen. The effects of EpiPen wear off in ten to 20 minutes after injection. via

What can I use instead of 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.
  • Symjepi.
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    Can you use an EpiPen If you've been drinking?

    GENERALLY AVOID: Alcohol may potentiate some of the pharmacologic effects of CNS-active agents. Use in combination may result in additive central nervous system depression and/or impairment of judgment, thinking, and psychomotor skills. via

    Can I give my EpiPen to someone else?

    "There is no legal problem in any person administering adrenaline that is either prescribed for a specific person or administering adrenaline to an unknown person in such a life saving situation (through specific exemptions in the medicines act). via

    What are the side effects of using an EpiPen?

    COMMON side effects

  • dizziness.
  • muscle tremors.
  • loss of skin color.
  • headache.
  • heart throbbing or pounding.
  • nausea.
  • vomiting.
  • nervousness.
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    How long does an EpiPen last after injection?

    The effects of epinephrine may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes. You will need to receive further treatment and observation. via

    What should you note down after injecting the EpiPen if possible?

    Remove any allergy triggers if possible. Cover the person with a blanket if available. Avoid giving them any food or drink. If a second epinephrine auto-injector is available, give another injection if symptoms haven't improved in about 5 to 15 minutes. via

    What to expect after using EpiPen?

    Fast/pounding heartbeat, nervousness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, headache, dizziness, anxiety, shakiness, or pale skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. via