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What does an auto-injector do, and when should people who have allergies use one?

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For people with allergies, allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis -- a severe, often life-threatening reaction.

An auto-injector, like Adrenaclick, Auvi-Q, EpiPen, Symjepi, or a generic version, can treat it with epinephrine. It can improve breathing, raise blood pressure, and ease swelling.

For times you wonder if you should give yourself an auto-injector shot: Experts say it’s more dangerous not to get epinephrine when you're having a severe reaction than to get a dose you don't really need.

SOURCES:

Jane Purser, MD, Allergy Clinic of Tulsa, OK.

Rabia Chaudhry, MD, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Management, Moorestown, NJ.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “When to Use an Epinephrine Auto-injector.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

Jane Purser, MD, Allergy Clinic of Tulsa, OK.

Rabia Chaudhry, MD, Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Management, Moorestown, NJ.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “When to Use an Epinephrine Auto-injector.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

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