EPI then Benadryl?

Posted on: Sat, 05/28/2005 - 12:01am
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Hi,
I was in the ER a few days ago for a hand laceration. First question from the technician was, 'what is your medic alert bracelet for'? I told him. And as he was doing my vitals he asked me (a quiz)" what STOPS anaphylaxis?". I can't remember his exact wording...but he was asking what 'treats' or 'cures' the allergic reaction. I said 'EPI'. He said, 'WRONG!'. Epi just stops the ana from killing you.
Benadryl 'cures' the allergic reaction.

This makes sense....but I have heard (here I think) that benadryl can mask the reaction - so if it's full-blown ana, you should do the epi and no benadryl initially. Now I'm confused. In the event of a reaction, should I take benadryl at first sign - then epi if it continues?

Another bit of info I learned: while filling my prescriptions from the ER dr. I asked the pharmacist if he should enter my PA in his computer records. He said 'absolutely' but that I should make sure that any dr. treating me knows about my PA. I read a thread recently about PA product in asthma med nebulizer, but are PN products common in other meds?

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