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Epinephrine for Croup


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Epinephrine is a medicine that helps open swollen breathing tubes. Epinephrine is given through a nebulizer in a process called a breathing treatment.

One breathing treatment with epinephrine may be enough, but sometimes children with croup symptoms need a second treatment or a different medicine to take later at home. Children will be watched in the doctor's office or emergency department for several hours after getting a breathing treatment with epinephrine to be sure another treatment is not needed.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJune 7, 2010

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