Epi Pen

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 2:43am
LyndaH's picture
Joined: 05/17/2001 - 09:00

pI do not have an epi pen for my daughter. Our Dr never told me about those - where can I get one?/p

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 3:15am
sillyfeline's picture
Joined: 03/28/2001 - 09:00

By prescription (in the U.S.). Discuss your concern with a physician.

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 4:48am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

LyndaH., welcome! It enangers me that your doctor didn't say anything to you about the need for an Epi-pen. Although when my son was diagnosed PA at 18 months we immediately were able to acquire an Epi-pen (through prescription), we were NEVER told anything about it's use. Now, to have NEVER been told even to get an Epi-pen would even have been worse.
I'm not sure if you are in the U.S. or not, but I do know that our family physicians have always prescribed our Epi-pens, never an allergist. I'm not clear if in the U.S. you need to see an allergist or not.
Please place a call to-day if you can. You don't want to be without one (actually two).
Please let us know how it works out and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 6:12am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We have lived in two states and both places our primary care physician (or PCC for those in the HMO loop) has done the epi pen scrips, but both times,they deferred to the allergist's wishes/directions on the subject. Our allergist here I think would have written our latest scrip (about a month ago) except that he and I were yakking it up about nutrition, support groups, etc, and I think truthfully it slipped both our minds.
So no, it doesn't need to be any doctor in particular unless your insurance co. says it needs to come from your PCC. (We were afraid of that in MN where our pediatric allergist was out-of-network). Be aware that HMO's have a way of being pretty goofy about things like this, though! Our HMO (BC/BS in MN) was determined that no specialist ever order tests, even if our PCC wasn't really competent in that area of expertise. So we did a lot of "well, the allergist says we need to__________" with our PCC. We had a pediatrician who was very cooperative that way [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] , but a clinic that wasn't [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Good luck- I'd call your allergist to talk over whether he/she thinks anaphylaxis is a possibility based on your case history and take it from there. Don't be afraid to ask why not, though, if he/she says it isn't.

Posted on: Thu, 06/14/2001 - 12:51am
MattsDad's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Any doctor should be able to give you a prescription. You should have one for every 15 minutes you are from a hospital. You also need to find out if it is carried on the ambulances where you live. Different states have different laws and some ambulance personnel are not allowed to administer it. Dumb Huh.

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