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Don't forget to read our factsheet Anaphylaxis: The Facts, which includes information about Medication
If you have been prescribed treatments for your allergy – such as injectable adrenaline – the golden rule is, carry it everywhere at all times, with no exceptions. To find out about treating a reaction, click here. It’s important to make sure others are aware of what to do when a reaction occurs, such as relatives and close friends.
Watch our emergency anaphylaxis care video below:
There are two adrenaline injectors available on prescription in the U.K. Please see the news section of our website for updates.
The EpiPen has a spring-loaded concealed needle that delivers a single measured dose when the pen is jabbed against the muscle of the outer thigh.
Visit www.epipen.co.uk for more information, to watch a video demonstration and to register for expiry alerts.
Distributor: Meda Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Skyway House, Parsonage Road, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6PU.
0845 460 0000 / www.epipen.co.uk.
Jext is the most recent single-use adrenaline auto-injector to be made available. Jext has a locking needle shield which engages after use, designed to protect against needle stick injury.
Visit www.jext.co.uk for more information, to watch a video demonstration and to register for expiry alerts.
Distributor: ALK-Abelló Ltd, 1 Manor Park, Manor Farm Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0NA.
0118 903 7940 / www.jext.co.uk
It is vitally important to get hold of a “trainer” pen and practise regularly.
There is no agreement among experts about how many adrenaline injectors should be prescribed for each person. Some advise patients to have one device at each site they regularly attend (e.g. home and school). Alternatively you may be advised that you should have more than one device in each location. Your allergist is the best person to speak to about how many devices you should be prescribed.
The view of the Anaphylaxis Campaign is that two devices should be available at any particular location in case one is broken or misfires, or a second injection is needed before emergency help arrives.