The EpiPen® auto-injector is a self-injection systems that can provide a rapid, convenient dose of epinephrine for individuals at risk for potentially fatal allergic reactions. The dose of epinephrine prescribed may vary according to your weight—with the smaller dosing system being called EpiPen® Jr. EpiPen® auto-injectors are simple to use, even for children. Although epinephrine self-injection can treat anaphylactic reactions quite effectively, medical care should still be sought after its use to insure complete recovery from the allergic episode.
The EpiPen® auto-injector is a disposable drug delivery system featuring a concealed needle and spring activation. It is designed for self-administration of epinephrine in acute allergic emergencies (anaphylaxis). It provides a rapid, convenient dose of epinephrine for individuals who need to treat potentially fatal allergic reactions.
Epinephrine by injection is the treatment of choice for anaphylactic reactions since it quickly begins working to reverse symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. Epinephrine constricts blood vessels, relaxes smooth muscles in the lungs to improve breathing, stimulates the heartbeat, and works to reverse hives and swelling around the face and lips. The effects of epinephrine usually last 10 to 20 minutes.
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