An EpiPen is an epinephrine auto-injector. It’s widely used as an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis, which occurs with severe allergic reactions. Much like “Kleenex” or “Q-Tip”, EpiPen is the brand name for the device, and it has become the main choice for epinephrine injectors.
What is Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is life-threatening as it triggers the release of several chemicals from the immune system, which sends the body into shock. As a result, blood pressure plummets, and the airways become constricted and can ultimately obstruct breathing. When someone is experiencing anaphylaxis, they may have a fast, weak heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, and/or a rash on the skin. Continue reading “EpiPen 101”