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Epipen

Epipen is the name of an auto-injector pen used in response to a severe allergic reaction which could be life-threatening. A single pen contains 0.3mg of adrenaline (or 0.15mg in an Epipen Junior pen). When symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock) are observed, the patient or someone with the patient can administer an Epipen injection to the outer-mid thigh in response.

The adrenaline injected into the body is a response to the immune system’s overreaction to a substance it perceives as harmful. This medicine focuses on ensuring a patient can maintain their breathing and a health blood flow through their body should anything trigger a severe allergic reaction. You can order Epipen online following a short and simple consultation here at iMeds.

Prices start from £49.99 for 1 injection

Last PIL Review Date: 09/11/2020

See Epipen Auto Injector Patient Information Leaflet

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  • Adrenaline injections come with instructions on how to administer them in the patient information leaflet. You should read this thoroughly before you take any medication. However, if you aren't sure on what to do, you should ring your GP surgery to book an appointment with a nurse practitioner or doctor so that they can show you how to self-administer safely. It's also a good idea to have your close friends and family learn how to administer the injection in the event that you can't. 
  • You should still call 999 after you've administered the injection, even if your condition seems to be improving. You should state to the call operator that you're experiencing anaphylaxis, and you should lie with your feet raised whilst waiting for an ambulance
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Epipen is the name of an auto-injector pen used in response to a severe allergic reaction which could be life-threatening. A single pen contains 0.3mg of adrenaline (or 0.15mg in an Epipen Junior pen). When symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock) are observed, the patient or someone with the patient can administer an Epipen injection to the outer-mid thigh in response.

The adrenaline injected into the body is a response to the immune system’s overreaction to a substance it perceives as harmful. This medicine focuses on ensuring a patient can maintain their breathing and a health blood flow through their body should anything trigger a severe allergic reaction. You can order Epipen online following a short and simple consultation here at iMeds.

Prices start from £49.99 for 1 injection

Last PIL Review Date: 09/11/2020

See Epipen Auto Injector Patient Information Leaflet

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Epipen for treating allergic reactions

Epipens are an emergency injection which are used in response to anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction which can be fatal. Administered with an auto-injector pen, this medication contains adrenaline and it is administered into someone who shows symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. It can be injected by the patient themselves if possible, or someone else if they are properly trained on how to use the pen correctly.

How does an Epipen work?

An Epipen administers adrenaline, which is an adrenergic drug. When this ingredient enters the body, it works directly on the cardiovascular system (heart and circulation) and respiratory system (lungs). It prevents the possible fatal effects of anaphylactic shock by quickly making the blood vessels smaller, relaxing muscles in the lungs to improve breathing, reducing swelling and stimulating heartbeat. Therefore, symptoms which cause difficulty breathing or disruption in blood flow are counteracted.

People with severe allergies can experience a life threatening reaction known as anaphylactic shock if they are exposed to what they are allergic to. Potential triggers can include certain foods or drugs, insect stings or bites or exercise. When exposed to a severe allergy, the body tries to protect itself by releasing chemicals into the bloodstream which ends up disrupting breathing and blood flow in a dangerous manner, an Epipen and similar treatments fight against the body’s release of these chemicals during an allergic reaction.

Am I suitable for using an Epipen?

The Epipen is intended for people who have a history or recognised risk of going into anaphylactic shock. If this applies to you, it is worth always keeping an Epipen with you. Epipens are intended for people with a bod weight above 25kg (3 stone 13 lbs). For people who weigh less than this, they can be prescribed Epipen Jr. instead since that’s more appropriate.

An Epipen serves as emergency rescue therapy. If you experience an anaphylactic shock, you should get medical attention as soon as possible, but an Epipen can provide relief from the initial and dangerous symptoms that can flare up when an allergic reaction occurs.

You should consult your doctor for advice and take extra care with using an Epipen if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have a heart disease
  • You have an overactive thyroid
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have diabetes
  • You are elderly
  • You are pregnant
  • You have increased pressure in your eye(s) (called glaucoma)
  • You have severe kidney problems
  • You have a tumour in your prostate
  • You have high calcium levels or a low potassium level in your blood
  • You have Parkinson’s disease

It could be useful if someone you know is able to administer an Epipen to you, especially if you have any of the conditions listed above. Patients or anyone else who may be in a position to administer Epipen should be properly instructed on how and when to give it.

You should also inform your doctor or local pharmacist about other medicines you are currently taking, since certain ones can have an effect on Epipen injections. It’s especially important to mention any of the following medicines if you’re using them:

  • Medicines which could make the heart sensitive to uneven beats (arrhythmias). Examples include digitalis, quinidine and mercurial diuretics.
  • Medicines which treat Parkinson’s disease (such as catechol-O-methyl transferase inhibitors)
  • Medicines which treat disorders of the nervous system
  • Medicines for treating thyroid disease
  • Medicines used for making breathing easier (such as asthma treatments)
  • Medicines used in labour (such as oxytocin)
  • Medicines used to treat allergies including antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine)
  • Antidepressants (such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
  • Beta-blocking medicines for treating heart disease

What is the correct way to use an Epipen?

The typical dosage for Epipen is 0.3mg of adrenaline injected into muscle (the auto-injector pen is for intramuscular use). If you notice the signs of an acute allergic reaction, use the Epipen immediately, through your clothing if necessary. A single pen should only be used once.

It’s important to understand how an Epipen works before using it for the first time, but they are designed to be easily used by people who lack medical training. To administer the adrenaline, the pen should be jabbed firmly against the outer portion of the thigh from a distance of approximately 10cm (4 inches).

Sometimes, a single dose of adrenaline may not be sufficient to completely reverse the effects of a serious allergic reaction. Because of this, your doctor is likely to prescribe you more than one Epipen. If your symptoms have not improved or have deteriorated within 5-15 minutes after the first injection, then you or the person with you should give a second injection. The safest approach to take is to keep more than one Epipen with you at all times.

When you jab the injector pen into your thigh, a spring activated plunger will be released. This pushes the hidden needle into the thigh muscle. You should only inject this medication into your outer thigh.

What if I overdose?

If you use more of this medication than you are meant to, then you or someone with you should seek emergency services immediately. An adrenaline overdose can cause a wide range of symptoms including breathing problems which get progressively worse, slurred speech, balance problems, an uneven heartbeat and a seizure. You should also seek immediate medical attention if an accidental injection occurs (whether it’s injected in the thigh or elsewhere).

Can an Epipen cause side effects?

Like with any other medicine, an Epipen can cause side effects but not every patient experiences them. They are usually rare, but you should report any side effects which you do in fact experience to your doctor or local pharmacist.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage instructions
Inject into the anterolateral aspect of the middle third of the thigh. Dose may be repeated several times if necessary at 5-minute intervals according to blood pressure, pulse and repository function. ONLY to be used in emergencies.