EpiPen Failures - Are Ana Pens Better?

Posted on: Tue, 01/30/2001 - 11:50pm
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

pMy brother's new girlfriend just happens to have PA. She told me that with her last two reactions, she has had trouble with her EpiPens. The first reaction she had when she ate a big cookie type pie that had fruit in it...and PB hidden in it, the EpiPen failed completely. The second reaction she had was when she ate a Snack Wells cookie that had peanut flour in it. The EpiPen didn't fail but she had a hard time getting it to function. I brought this up to the ped. yesterday and he said one day, just for yucks, he tried to get an EpiPen to work and it took him a long time. He recommened to us, an Ana Kit, which is a pre-filled syringe, no spring mechanism to fail. I got a prescription for 4 but my question is, my son is only 25 lbs. and close to 3 feet tall. Is an Ana Kit ok for such a small child? I'm very concerned about these EpiPens failing. My brother's girlfriend just carries around 2 EpiPens. Is that better for a small child?/p

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2001 - 5:31am
Wilton's picture
Joined: 12/15/2000 - 09:00

For our 3-year old PA/TNA daughter, we keep 2 EpiPen Jr's at school, 2 in the kitchen, and carry 2 in the travel bag.
Perhaps an allergist or the manufacturer could recommend the appropriate Ana Kit dosage for your son.

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2001 - 11:34am
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

Heather, I know this is off subject but did the snackwells that your brother's girlfriend ate list peanut flour as an ingredient? We buy snackwells quite a bit.
Sorry I can't help with your question but knowing the epi pen jr. is not completely reliable doesn't make me feel very good.

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2001 - 12:38pm
andy's picture
Joined: 04/26/2001 - 09:00

I used to carry an Ana Kit, but was always concerned that if I needed it it would be too complicated to use in an emergency. I never did need it, but now I carry only an epi pen. Andy

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 1:45pm
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

I would like to hear from your brother's girl friend about her experiences with her Epi-Pens.
(We do not hear very often of Epi-Pen failures, if you or anyone you know has had a problem with their Epi-Pen have them contact us. We do of course know about the recalls they have had in the past)
I would like to have a phone conversation with her if she will.
The PeanutAllergy.Com phone number is below. We are on eastern standard time.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 11:49pm
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Chris...I'll see what I can do. Amy...I didn't ask her about the ingredients but I will next time I get a chance. I don't think she told me what kind she ate, either. I was in the supermarket Wednesday night and I picked up a box or two of Snackwells to look at their ingredients and I didn't see peanut flour listed. Maybe Snackwells has discontinued that practice.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 11:42pm
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

Here is what I've learned...an Ana Pen is pre filled but not pre measured for a 25 lb. child. In an emergency situation, we would have to pay attention to how much we use. I think that's too much to ask Grandmother's and Uncles and other people I entrust my son to, to remember...and for me and my husband to remember for that matter. We have decided to carry around 2 EpePen Jrs instead.

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 10:24am
sym's picture
Joined: 02/07/2001 - 09:00

We have had an EpiPen malfunction and go off by itself right thru the plastic tube. That is why we are so careful with our epipens now. We looked at all the cases that were suggested on this site and we chose to carry our son's epipen in a EpiMate case. This is the only case that we found that is puncture proof and that holds the epipen in tight so it can't bounce around. We were told that this could have happened because the epipen was getting bounced around in my sons backpack everyday. We want to make sure the EpiPen is ready to use at all times if needed. If the Pen injected while in his backpack not only could he get stuck by the needle but also, there would be no medication in it if we needed it for an emergency! Thought you might want to know.

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