Just want to tell anyone new to Epipens the importance to have a spare one. I am highly allergic to bees and had to use my pen last year, I then had to get another one refilled at the pharmacy only to find out my pharmacy didn't have my strength in stock. Luckily I didn't need it again.
I didn't even think to go to another pharmacy.
If you were lucky enough not to have to use the Epipen check the expiration dates also. I had one that expired so I had to get rid of the medication and dispose of the pen.
To get rid of an expired pen either ask your doctor if they can dispose of it in the used needle boxes they have or call the pharmacy to find out if they know where you can dispose of it.
I was told to get rid of the medication in an expired pen you can use a small potato or an apple by pressing the pen against it as you would on yourself.
Another thing in the event you do need to use your Epipen and it's the first call your doctor, sometimes they want you to come in, if it's after hours you can check with the ER. I was told the first time I had to use to take Benadyrl also to counter act the allergy.
Check with your doctor before hand to see what he/she wants you to do in the event you need to use it.
I hope you never have to use one of these either. The weird thing is I developed severe allergies later in life..I blame it hormonal changes..LOL
Haha, hormones are probably the root of most of our problems! I hope I never get that way either...I thought that maybe I would never be allergic like that, but since you say you've developed it, I guess I'm not entirely safe am I?
Yes I do...to a lot of things that I never used to before I started having kids and also ones that have gotten worse as I've gotten older. I break out in hives from stress, heat, cold, exercise, hormonal changes....then I've got seasonal allergies and some food allergies. I hate hormones!! But I wouldn't have my sweet cute babies without them, so..."can't live with them, can't live without them" lol.