I just hung up with my son's pediatrician's office and relayed to them your information on the Epi Pen Jr containing sulfa and my son's allergy to it. Their answer was this:
"Since my son did not have a life threatening allergy to sulfa, only breaks out in a rash, he would much rather have my son be given the Epi Pen and have a rash then not have it and go into anaphylaxis".
I also have a call into my son's allergist to see what they say and if there is an alternative medication they can give him.
I pulled out Cam's Epi-Pen Jr and sure enough under the ingredients it lists: 0.5 mg Sodium Metabisulfite! I never would have thought to check the Epi Pen for this. Thanks a million!
I will let you know what his allergist says. It will probably be tomorrow before they call me back.
On Feb 16, 1999
Chris, my son's allergist's office called me back today and the nurse advised the sulfa that is in some antibiotics is different than the sulfites in the Epi Pen Jr.
On Feb 17, 1999
Hi, I just visited Allerex's website [[url]www.allerex.ca][/url]. Allerex makes the Epi-Pen and the company makes product information available, including ingredient lists, on their website. Allerex makes the following statements in the warnings section: "Epinephrine is the preferred treatment for serious allergic or other emergency situations even though this product contains sodium metabisulfite that may in other products cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symtoms of life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible persons. The alternatives to using epinephrine in a life threatening situation may not be satisfactory. The presence of a sulfite in this product should not deter administration of the drug for treatment of serious allergic or other emergency situations." You will probably want to discuss these statements with your doctor but I thought they were worth telling you about.
On Feb 17, 1999
Thank you so much for the information. I will be discussing this with my son's allergist on his next visit, which will be within the next two months.