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- What is epinephrine auto-injector, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for epinephrine auto-injector?
- Is epinephrine auto-injector available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for epinephrine auto-injector?
- What are the uses for epinephrine auto-injector?
- What are the side effects of epinephrine auto-injector?
- What is the dosage for epinephrine auto-injector?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with epinephrine auto-injector?
- Is epinephrine auto-injector safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about epinephrine auto-injector?
What is the dosage for epinephrine auto-injector?
- The recommended dose is the contents of 1 autoinjector (0.3 mg or 0.15 mg) injected under the skin or into the muscle of the thigh.
- The dose may be repeated after 5-15 minutes if symptoms persist.
- Patients that weigh 30 kg or more (approximately 66 pounds or more) should receive 0.3 mg (EpiPen) and patients that weigh 15 to 30 kg (33 pounds to 66 pounds) should receive 0.15 mg (EpiPen Jr).
- EpiPen may be injected through clothing if necessary.
Which drugs or supplements interact with epinephrine auto-injector?
- Administration of epinephrine to patients taking cardiac glycosides, diuretics (water pills), or drugs for treating irregular heartbeats (anti-arrhythmics) can cause the development of irregular heartbeats.
- The effects of epinephrine may be enhanced by medicines such as tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl), and certain antihistamines.
- The treatment benefits of epinephrine can be reduced by beta-adrenergic blocking medicines such as propranolol (Inderal) and alpha-adrenergic blocking medicines such as phentolamine (Regitine, OraVerse).
- Some anti-migraine medications may also interfere with the benefits of epinephrine treatment.
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