Can An Expired EpiPen Kill You?

What does an EpiPen do to a normal person?

Some common brand names include EpiPen®, Auvi-Q®, and Adrenaclick®.

Epinephrine relaxes the airway muscles, making it easier for the person to breathe.

At the same time, it constricts blood vessels, helping to improve blood pressure.

Most auto-injectors contain enough solution for one dose of epinephrine..

Is using an expired EpiPen dangerous?

TUESDAY, (HealthDay News) — EpiPens — devices used to rescue people during a severe allergic reaction — can remain effective years after their expiration date, a new study reports.

What happens if you inject yourself with an expired EpiPen?

EpiPens — devices used to rescue people during a severe allergic reaction — can remain effective years after their expiration date, a new study reports.

What happens if you get an EpiPen and don’t need it?

An accidental injection to the hands or feet can impair blood flow to these areas and can potentially cause tissue death. This however, is the worst-case scenario. Symptoms of an accidental injection are not usually so severe and may include: temporary numbness or tingling.

Why do EpiPens expire so quickly?

The origins of EpiPen’s expiration date The FDA-approved label warns that if the liquid in the pen is discolored, it should be discarded: “Epinephrine solution deteriorates rapidly on exposure to air or light, turning pink from oxidation to adrenochrome and brown from the formation of melanin.”

How do you dispose of an expired EpiPen?

Take expired EpiPens to a doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy for disposal, Young says. You can find a drop-off location near you at SafeNeedleDisposal.org. A final tip: When filling an EpiPen prescription, ask the pharmacist to give you auto-injectors with the latest expiration date.

Do EpiPens need to be refrigerated?

Recommended Storage of EpiPen® and Auvi-Q® Suggestion: do not refrigerate, protect from light, and periodically check to make sure the solution in the auto-injector is not brown in color.

How long is an EpiPen good for after expiration?

about 18 monthsTypically, the expiration dates for most drugs are set at two or three years from the time of manufacture. EpiPens have an even shorter shelf life – about 18 months. But there’s been very little research done on how quickly – or slowly – drugs break down after the expiry date.

Can a EpiPen kill you?

Epinephrine can kill you. One woman committed suicide with epinephrine injectors. Epinephrine increases blood pressure and can trigger heart arrhythmias, strokes, and heart attacks.

Does an EpiPen hurt?

(Reuters Health) – Squirming kids may be badly hurt by the needles of epinephrine injectors like EpiPens, according to a set of case studies collected by U.S. doctors. “Young children typically don’t have the cognitive ability to hold still ‘for their own good’,” said lead author Dr.