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Old 06-11-2005, 01:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone ever bought an epipen --Just In Case--?

We are going camping for 10 days and will be at least an hour away from medical help. I have a snake bite kit but would also like an epipen in case one of my children gets stung by a bee and turns out to be allergic. I just called Walgreens and they said I can't buy one without a prescription. Do you think my doctor is likely to write me a prescription?

(I was trained in their use when I was an outdoor educator so that's not an issue)
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You do need a prescription & I would doubt that your dr would write you one unless you have a history of anaphylactic reactions to something. It isn't exactly a one-size fits all thing (i.e. - kids & little people need a smaller dosage than they would get from a regular adult epi-pen) & you could do real damage to someone if they do not need epinephrine, so I imagine that is why they control their sale more.
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Thanks for replying, ChristaN. Actually, I just talked to my BIL who's a beekeeper and he's going to give me one of his, so I feel much better about our camping trip now.
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Epinepherine is a fast-acting med, and it wears off FAST. If I recall the literature in ours correctly - the effect only "lasts" about 15 to 20 minutes before you need a 2nd injection or are at a hospital.

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Liza is right. I suffer from anaphylaxis to foods and preservatives and they don't last very long. Unless you are very near a hospital, it isn't going to do much for you out in the woods.

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I need to get another one as I always have one on hand for my peanut allergy. The other unfortunate thing about epipens is that they expire often before you ever use them! At $95 per pen that's the reason I haven't refilled my prescription and gotten a fresh one.
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We live about 20 minutes driving (normal driving, not in-a-panic driving) from the nearest hospital and always have 2 pens around.

The short-acting effect is why we have opted not to go camping in Algonquin Park again. We love it, but it's not worth the chance with our son's allergy being so severe.

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Liza is right. I suffer from anaphylaxis to foods and preservatives and they don't last very long. Unless you are very near a hospital, it isn't going to do much for you out in the woods.
Do you know if it is acceptable to inject yourself (or the person suffering from anaphylaxis) with more than one pen if the first one didn't work or if the effect has worn off before EMS arrives? If so, how long do you need to wait btwn injections?
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I know sometimes there is a need for two injections. Our Dr. told me to always carry two pens, per boy. Two reasons why: First, if one pen malfunctions and two, if the first injection wears off before medical attention can be obtained.

We have had to give my oldest son one epi-jr. last year. The effects were almost instant. His breathing became less labored and the swelling around his mouth went down a bit. We were told by 911 to watch for the reaction to start again or worsen and if it did, give another epi. They are very short term fixes and the dosage must be right for age/weight. I think the acual time between doses will vary, case by case.
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Wow. It must be difficult to always be prepared when you have children with severe allergies. THank you everyone for your advice.
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