EpiPen Use While Receiving Allergy Shots or Xolair Injections
Epi Pen® use while receiving allergy shots or Xolair® injections
Omalizumab (Xolair®) and allergy shots both carry the risk for anaphylaxis or a severe reaction. For your safety, you have been prescribed an EpiPen®. The Epi Pen® contains adrenaline which is a medicine that quickly reverses the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. You will be asked to bring the EpiPen® with you to all of your injection appointments. You will most likely not need to use your EpiPen® during your clinic visit. But you must have it with you and keep it with you for 4 to 6 hours after.
You may need your EpiPen® if you have these symptoms:
• shortness of breath, wheezing, cough or other asthma symptoms
• hives (unless they appear only at the injection site and there are no other symptoms)
• swelling of the eyes, lips, throat, hands or feet
• overall body itching, flushing or sweating
• runny nose, red eyes, congestion, sneezing or other allergy symptoms
• chest pain, feeling dizzy or headache
• trouble swallowing, feeling that there is a “lump” in your throat
• abdominal pain, nausea or diarrhea
• vaginal itching or menstrual-like cramping
If you have any of the above symptoms while you’re in the Allergy Clinic, tell your nurse (or other clinic staff) immediately.
If you have any of the above symptoms after you have left our clinic, follow these steps:
• Use your Epi Pen® and take any other rescue medicines (Benadryl, albuterol etc.)
• Call 911. If there is no 911 service where you live, have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room. Take your second Epi Pen® with you in case you need a second dose while you are on your way.
• Be ready to list all the medicines you have taken and the exact time they were taken
When you feel better, call the UW Allergy Clinic at 608-263-6180 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. After hours, weekends and holidays, this number is answered by a paging operator. Ask to speak to the Allergy Doctor on call. Give your name and phone number and the doctor will call you back.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 08/21/2012
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