Epi pens in the cold and heat.. READ!

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 8:37am
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

Good news on this front. My friend called DEY today to inquire about leaving the pens in the car (accidently) in the cold.

Dey said they have found that the epinephrine has NOT been harmed by the cold HOWEVER epi pens can MISFIRE b/c of the cold. The auto injector itself may become defective due to the cold.

On the flip side, they have recently tested the epi pens with 70 degree celsius heat.. and found NO BREAKDOWN in the epinephrine. There was also no damage to the auto injector.


Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 10:48pm
Nicole1401's picture
Joined: 12/27/2002 - 09:00

Great news! Did they happen to say how long it could be left in that kind of heat? For those of us used to Fahrenheit, that's 158 degrees. I'm not sure if it would cover a summer glove compartment, but it would definitely take care of those concerns during trips to amusement parks and such.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 11:25pm
Petey's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

So let me ask this...
What do you do when you are on vacation in the summer (ie. at the beach, or at a water park or ride park) How do you keep the temperature regulated?? It would be too cold in a cooler wouldn't it?
Just curious as I am new to this and summer will be here before we know it.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 11:56pm
Westporter's picture
Joined: 06/25/2003 - 09:00

Hi Petey,
You are asking great questions. If you look at the "products for our community" board, you will find many helpful products to carry the epipens, medic alert bracelets, etc.
There is a company, [url="http://www.zoniinc.com/,"]http://www.zoniinc.com/,[/url] that sells an epipen belt, which hooks around the waist, so you don't have to carry around a backpack or purse all the time. I have not purchased one yet but found out about this site from reading these boards. As for the summer, when we go to the beach, I keep my epipen in my backpack in the shade under an umbrella. Some people do put their epipen in the cooler, some coolers even have a mesh zipper lining on the inside of the "lid" where you can store it, so they don't get wet.
You also can get a free epipen trainer which is great to show relatives, friends, babysitters on how to use it. Go to [url="http://www.epipen.com"]www.epipen.com[/url] and sign up. Their reminder program is also excellent to let you know when your epipen is about to expire. Or call 800-429-7751 to order your free trainer.
In addition, when your epipen expires, you should practice using it on an orange. It is quite surprising how loud the click is!
Good luck to you!

Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 12:14am
renny's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Thank you Karen, you read my mind! I just logged on to find the number to Dey to get a trainer. I love this site.

Posted on: Fri, 03/19/2004 - 1:36am
Dana's picture
Joined: 12/26/1999 - 09:00

So are you saying it may misfire if cold but if you left it in the car overnight in the cold, then let it warm up, it would be fine or does the cold actually permanently damage the firing mechanism?

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by absfabs Fri, 11/15/2019 - 5:32pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:43pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:11pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:09pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by chicken Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:44pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:20am
Comments: 2

More Articles

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

More Articles

More Articles

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

If you avoid peanuts, it’s likely you know the joy of cashews. Slightly sweet and smooth in texture, cashews provide not only relief to those with...

The prevalence of food allergy has dramatically increased over the past two to three decades, and not just among children. Preliminary results...

When someone in the family is diagnosed with a food allergy, a choice must be made whether to ban the problem food or foods from the home. The...

Looking for a fun way to share what you know about your own food allergies? Or are you hoping to educate the people around you in a fun way about...

According to the results of a new study, children lacking Vitamin D may be more susceptible to food allergies. Researchers working at the Albert...

If you or your child has a peanut or nut allergy, identifying the presence of nuts in food becomes a priority, but what if the written or spoken...

Soap allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and itching. If you suddenly develop a rash or bumps on your skin, you may suspect that you have an...