Epinephrine injection is a medication that treats severe allergic reactions or sudden asthma attacks. It works by reducing the effects of an allergic reaction. A healthcare provider usually gives you this injection in a hospital or clinic setting.
EPINEPHRINE (ep i NEF rin) treats severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) or sudden asthma attacks. It may also be used to treat low blood pressure and slow heart rate. It reduces the effects of an allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing or swelling of the face, lips, and throat. It also increases your heart rate and narrows your blood vessels, which helps stabilize your blood pressure.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Adrenalin
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They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
This medication is injected into a vein, under the skin, or into a muscle. It is given by your care team in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While it may be given to children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply. This medication is not for regular use. It should only be used as needed.
Do not take this medication with any of the following:
This medication may also interact with the following:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medication.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This medication is given in a hospital or clinic. It will not be stored at home.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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