Discolored epi pen liquid?

Posted on: Fri, 11/15/2002 - 1:59pm
Gracie's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

The instructions say to replace the epi pen if the liquid is discolored. It says to look in the clear window....

The liquid in the clear window up next to where the needle is, is rust colored. The big clear window beside that (further back away from the needle) is all clear.

I think they are talking about the big clear window further back from the needle, but thought I'd better check to see what everyone else see's when they look at their pens.

(I hope this makes sense.)

Posted on: Fri, 11/15/2002 - 10:22pm
Lisa V's picture
Joined: 03/12/2002 - 09:00

That is my understanding as well. I asked my child's doctor too, as I had you same concern. The rust colored part is the plunger.

Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 8:28pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

If the liquid turns yellow , it may be out of date .
I would change it for another,but would still use it in an emergancy if it was the only pen avaliable.

Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2002 - 11:23pm
maryt's picture
Joined: 07/30/2000 - 09:00

If it is discolored in the clear window part I would not use it, but save it. It would be a great training tool to use for school or to show others how to use the epi pen by discharging it into an orange. I use my son's old ones to train with and it really helps. Be careful with it when you discharge it so that you don't stick yourself!

Posted on: Wed, 11/20/2002 - 5:35pm
Shawn's picture
Joined: 09/07/1999 - 09:00

I think you may be seeing the rubber casing of the needle. It looks like a rust-colored stripe running through the center of the pen. Best place to check the solution is between the two labes (one near the needle with the "Replace if discolored" notice, and one near the other end with the EpiPen name). If this is clear, it's ok.
If you have a concern, though, next time you're out shopping, stop by any drug store and ask the pharmicist.

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