Cold Weather and Epi-Pens

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 10:18am
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pI live near Boston, MA. Last night it was about 15 degrees-BRRRRR- and I forgot my 2 1/2 year old's diaper bag in my car in the garage. In it are 2 Epi-Pen Jrs. It was left in my car for almost 14 hours! YIKES!/p
pIt clearly states on the Epi-Pens that they must be kept at room temperature. I think I remember being told that if they are kept at too hot or too cold that it can cause them to malfunction when they are used. Is that true??? If that is true, I certainly don't want to carry these 2 Epi-Pens anymore if they may possibly not work when I need them to./p
pSo, my question is...how do I dispose of these 2 Epi-Pens? I don't want to just throw them into the trash can. Someone might stumble upon them and use them (children or a not smart adult). So, what is the safest way to dispose of them? Anyone have any suggestions?/p
pThanks!br /
Shandra (mom to Madeline)/p
p[This message has been edited by maddiesmom (edited February 18, 2001).]/p

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 10:45am
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maddiesmom,
You can use them to practice with on either an orange or a raw chicken breast (I understand the the raw chicken breast is almost like the real thing). That way you dispense the epi-pen without any worries that someone will stumble upon it.
And yes it was very cold last night!! (also in MA) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 1:42pm
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Now i could be wrong on this, but i understood that the temperature might only affect the mechanism and not the actual medicine, and therefore restoring normal temperatures will allow the epi to work again. Someone else can verify or dispel this theory.

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 2:39pm
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maddiesmom - I would take the Epi-Pens to your local pharmacy. They can answer redtruck's question about whether the medicine is unusable, or whether the mechanism is still functional. If not, they can safely dispose of the EpiPen for you at the pharmacy.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 12:56pm
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Good thought about having the pharmicist check them. My child left his epi-belt in the car on a night it got down to about 28. My husband took the epi-pen to the pharmacy and they said it needed to be replaced. I don't know if it was the epinephrine or the mechanism that was questionable but did notice a rattle that our backup epipens do not have.

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