Epi pen storage temperature

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 7:05am
ajdoz6's picture
Joined: 09/12/1999 - 09:00

I left my son's epi pen jr. in the van over night. The temperature probably dropped to about 38 degrees maybe a couple degrees below that or above. It still looks clear to me. Would you consider it no good to be safe or should it be ok? This is one thing I don't really want to take a chance on.

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 7:37am
DeeJay's picture
Joined: 07/05/2000 - 09:00

Been there, replaced that! You might want to call Dey, the manufacturer, and see what they say, but I hate taking a chance that the epi won't work when I need to use it. When the epi is damaged by the cold, the liquid doesn't change color, instead it affects the spring mechanism so you would never know by looking whether it is damaged or not. These darn epi's are so temperamental!

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 12:15pm
Gadget's picture
Joined: 10/01/2001 - 09:00

I did the exact same thing, only with TWO Epi-pens, and I replaced them. I don't want to take a chance that they won't work when needed. The worst part of the whole thing was that the ones I accidently froze were BRAND NEW and had an expiration date a year out!!! I cannot believe I did that! I think you should replace it--better safe than sorry.

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2003 - 1:15pm
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

i left our entire medication bag in the jeep overnight last night. it was in the 30's here. there were 3 epipens, a bottle of benadryl, two injections of imitrex (migraine stuff), and other assorted stuff for the kids and i. i can't believe i did that. wait a second...yes i can. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] joey

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 2:46am
Nina's picture
Joined: 07/18/1999 - 09:00

We, too, have left multiple epi's out in freezing temps over the years (so far so good this year!). When I called Dey, probably a year ago, I received the same info DeeJay related above. I'd call them to check or just replace them -- better safe than sorry.

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