Quick Answer: Can An EpiPen Harm You?

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

Accidental Epinephrine Injections & the Consequences: In order for epinephrine to work properly, it must be injected into the thigh muscle.

The greatest risk of an accidental or an incorrect injection is that injecting the epinephrine elsewhere can delay or impair the effectiveness during a time-critical emergency..

Does an EpiPen make you sleepy?

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.

What does an EpiPen do to your body?

EpiPen is just one of the brand names of devices known generically as injectable epinephrine. This medication acts on the whole body to shut down the allergic response. It constricts the blood vessels, leading to increased blood pressure, and decreased swelling.

How do you know when to use an EpiPen?

If you have been prescribed EpiPen®, you should carry it with you at all times… and use it immediately at the first signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. In a severe allergic emergency, quick symptom recognition and immediate treatment are vital.

What does epinephrine do to the body?

Epinephrine. Epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline, is a hormone secreted by the medulla of the adrenal glands. Strong emotions such as fear or anger cause epinephrine to be released into the bloodstream, which causes an increase in heart rate, muscle strength, blood pressure, and sugar metabolism.

What happens if you use an EpiPen by accident?

If the epinephrine is injected by mistake into small areas such as fingers and hands, blood vessels will constrict at the site of injection. This can decrease blood flow to the area. Less blood flow means that less oxygen is getting to the tissue. This could cause a serious injury in rare circumstances.

Can an EpiPen be used on anyone?

The EpiPen is intended for self-administration, or administration by a family member or carer, in an emergency. Two EpiPens should be carried with you at all times… The EpiPen is designed to be used by people with no medical training at the first signs of an anaphylactic reaction.

How many times can you use an epi pen?

How many doses can be given? Each EpiPen® contains one dose of adrenaline and can only be used once. More than two sequential doses of adrenaline should only be administered under direct medical supervision.

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

EpiPen is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). 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 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.

How do you know if you’re going into anaphylactic shock?

Signs and symptoms include: Skin reactions, including hives and itching and flushed or pale skin. Low blood pressure (hypotension) Constriction of your airways and a swollen tongue or throat, which can cause wheezing and trouble breathing.

When should I give my child an EpiPen?

Knowing when to use an EpiPen can be easy. If a child eats something they’re allergic to, has hives and is wheezing, give the shot. Sometimes however, symptoms may not be as obvious. So, if you are in doubt, always give the shot.