epinephrine injection (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using epinephrine injection?
To make sure you can safely use epinephrine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether epinephrine will harm an unborn baby. If possible before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Do not use epinephrine without your doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
In an emergency situation, it may not be possible before you use epinephrine to tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows you have received this medication.
How should I use epinephrine injection?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Seek emergency medical attention even after you use this medication to treat a severe allergic reaction. The effects of epinephrine may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes. You will need to receive further treatment and observation.
The auto-injector device this medicine comes in is a disposable single-use system that contains a spring-loaded needle. Epinephrine injection comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Do not remove the safety cap until you are ready to use the auto-injector. Never put your fingers over the tip when removing the safety cap or after the safety cap has been removed.
To use an epinephrine auto-injector:
Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has any particles in it, or if the expiration date on the label has passed. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not refrigerate this medication, and do not store it in a car.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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