epinephrineAn epinephrine auto-injector is a pocket-sized medicine used to treat anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis occurs when the body has a hypersensitive reaction to a substance you are allergic to such as food, medicines, or insect stings. This life-saving medicine fights off the substance that is creating an adverse reaction in your body.

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Epinephrine, the medicine found in the auto-injectors, is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical attention. This medicine is the initial treatment for a severe allergic reaction.  After injecting the medicine into your outer thigh, call 911 immediately.

Epinephrine Benefits

For many years, this medicine has helped thousands of people of all ages. According to National Food Allergy Guidelines, epinephrine is the first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions. This medicine opens airways to reduce breathing difficulties and narrows blood vessels to ease the feeling of faintness. It slows down the reaction that the allergens are creating in your body.

Epinephrine Side Effects

Epinephrine is another term used for adrenaline. When your body endures a negative event, adrenaline is released in your body to initiate a fight or flight response. Epinephrine adds adrenaline in your body to fight the negative substance. Adrenaline may cause side effects such as:

  • Increase in heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nervousness or anxiety

Keeping calm and resting minimizes the negative side effects of adrenaline. Having a plan before an allergic reaction takes place is key to fighting an allergic reaction. In order to avoid allergic reactions, keep away from known allergies and know what symptoms to expect if in contact with an allergen. Be confident with your auto-injector use and do not hesitate to call 911.

For more information concerning anaphylaxis and life-saving medicine, please call us at 270-228-2811.