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    Default Re: Way OT: Life with an Epi Pen

    Pretty much all of the pertinents have been mentioned, but as someone who both carries an Epi pen (for a shellfish allergy, so I tend to be pretty lazy about it) and who is a paramedic, I'd like to reiterate the importance of carrying benadryl and taking the two in conjunction with one another. In the states that I've been certified in (PA, NY, and Nationally), the standard of care is to deliver both drugs to the patient. Epinephrine is very fast acting, but also has a short half-life in the body so the effects wear off rather quickly (think 10-15 minutes); benadryl works a bit slower, but lasts far longer. My rule of thumb is that if I think I've had a reaction, I'll take a benadryl (or two) and wait to see if the reaction progresses, but if I know that I'm having an anaphylactic reaction (a situation I've thankfully never been in) I'll hit myself with both.

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    If you have an EpiPen prescription and in case you haven't been notified, there's a recall going on right now so check your pens on this website and see if your pens are involved. My wife has been refilling my old pens with some homemade concoction...I'm getting a little suspicious.

    http://www.mylan.com/en/epipenrecall
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    Default Re: Way OT: Life with an Epi Pen

    duplicate.
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    Default Re: Way OT: Life with an Epi Pen

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobonli View Post
    Thanks everyone. I'm hoping the work-up shows this is isolated to one type of nut, particularly since he's been eating other nuts (walnuts, peanut butter) for almost 7 years. Easier to isolate from one type than then entire constellation of nuts.

    Keep the ideas coming.
    Peanuts are legumes, unrelated to nuts. It's possible to be allergic to tree nuts but NOT peanuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prcrstn8 View Post
    Peanuts are legumes, unrelated to nuts. It's possible to be allergic to tree nuts but NOT peanuts.
    True, but many are allergic to both. My son is one of the many with a severe peanut allergy and slightly less severe tree nut allergy.
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    Default Re: Way OT: Life with an Epi Pen

    I just received this notice from Mylan today informing me that I could add 4 months to the life of my EpiPens. I always check my expiration dates as it’s the height of bee season for me, so the notice did pique my interest. The little buzzers have been kind to me this year so far, with only streaks of pollen left behind when they’ve bumped into me on my rides.

    https://s1825014871.t.en25.com/e/es?...d=1282&elqat=1
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