If you think you are having anaphylaxis, use your self-injectable epinephrine and call 911. Do not delay. Do not take antihistamines in place of epinephrine. Epinephrine is the most effective treatment for anaphylaxis.
Some over-the-counter cold medicines are a blend of different medicines. Many include aspirin or other NSAID. Aspirin can cause asthma attacks in some people. If you have asthma, talk to your doctor before taking over-the-counter allergy or cold medicines.
New prescription and over-the-counter medicines are approved from time to time. Be sure to discuss all of your medicines with your doctor.
What is an AED machine?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.
It is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm.
If necessary, it delivers an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background.
Time is of the essence:
• The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes.
• For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.
What is an EpiPen?
EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® are intended for immediate administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical help right away.
Who should use an EpiPen?
Anyone at risk of an anaphylactic reaction should carry an EpiPen. (See below for a list of symptoms) Using epinephrine, the medicine in your EpiPen® Auto-Injector, immediately after you have been exposed to your allergy trigger may prove to be life-saving.
If you have been prescribed EpiPen®, you should carry it with you at all times and use it immediately at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction.
You may not always have predictable reactions and sometimes there may not be enough warning signs before a serious reaction occurs. However, if you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction then hesitating to use epinephrine—or not using it at all—can lead to a life-threatening situation.
If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction, it is generally better to use EpiPen®.
You may experience some side effects from using EpiPen® such as a rapid heart rate, paleness, dizziness, weakness, tremors or headache.
EpiPen® is for emergency treatment only and does not replace seeing a healthcare professional or going to the hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction:
• Feeling very anxious
• Passing out
• Swelling of lips and/or tongue
• Tingling of lips or tongue
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty breathing
• Weak pulse
• Fast heartbeat