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Epipen Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is epinephrine injection (Epipen)?
- What are the possible side effects of epinephrine injection?
- What is the most important information I should know about epinephrine injection?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using epinephrine injection?
- How should I use epinephrine injection?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using epinephrine injection?
- What other drugs will affect epinephrine injection?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since epinephrine is normally used only as needed in an emergency, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule. Do not use repeat doses of epinephrine without a doctor's advice.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include fast or pounding heartbeats, sudden and severe headache, sudden numbness or weakness, feeling like you might pass out, wheezing, trouble breathing, chest pain, or sudden problems with vision, speech, or balance.
What should I avoid while using epinephrine injection?
Do not inject epinephrine into a vein or into the muscles of your buttocks, or it may not work as well. Inject it only into the fleshy outer portion of the thigh.
Accidentally injecting epinephrine into your hands or feet may result in a loss of blood flow to those areas, and resulting numbness. If this occurs, seek emergency medical attention.
What other drugs will affect epinephrine injection?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- levothyroxine (Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid);
- chlorpheniramine or diphenhydramine (antihistamines that a commonly contained in cold, allergy, or over-the-counter sleep medications);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Etrafon), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others;
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others;
- ergot medicine such as ergotamine (Ergomar), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray), ergonovine (Ergotrate), or methylergonovine (Methergine);
- heart rhythm medication such as quinidine (Quin-G); or
- an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with epinephrine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about epinephrine injection.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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