How many epi pens do you carry and how?

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 12:12pm
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

pI know there are various other threads that mention how people carry their epi pens. Since the responses seem to be scattered throughout, I was hoping to get people to respond in one thread. My questions: HOW MANY EPI PENS DO YOU CARRY AND WHAT IS THE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION? I currently carry one at all times but keep thinking I should carry two. My son's teacher had one all year but last week she asked for a second one (she said she'd feel more comfortable having more than 20 minutes. I was pleased she asked). I usually carry the epi pen in my son's small diaper bag in the plastic tube it comes in. I recently put one in a toothbrush holder but someone said it's not secure that way. I know there are products out there - epimate, zoni, etc. and I'm thinking maybe it's time to purchase one of them. How about you? How many epi's do you carry and how?/p

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 12:46pm
creek14's picture
Joined: 06/13/2000 - 09:00

My son is almost 5. We have one epi each at daycare, preschool, grammies, and my sister's house - plaaces he spends time. I have one epi in my purse all the time, just in the box it came in. Right now we have about 5 on top of the fridge. DH or I will grab one if we are going to be away from home for more than a few hours. I take all the ones we have at home if we are going to be gone for the weekend or on vaction. Basically if I don't know how close the nearest hospital is, I want to be prepared for anything, even thoough I know it is rare to have to use more than one Epi. Our biggest challenge came last year when we went to the beach. I finally bought a two-compartment lunch box. I put one of those blue things that you freeze in the top and the Epi in the bottom with a thermometer. It stayed within the limits even when it was 90 on the beach.

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 1:43pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

AmyR., we have four Epi-pens. The school, when Jesse started in September 1999 requested two. They wanted the second one in case an ambulance did not arrive within twenty minutes. At that time, I had one also for my purse. I simply carry it in it's tubing.
Then, I began thinking and thought, if the
school has two in case the ambulance doesn't arrive in time and I live in the same vicinity as the school, shouldn't I have two also?
So, now I have two in my purse. The one is just in it's original holder thing. Then, the second one, I left in the paper wrapping from the pharmacy and it's in it's tube and also in my purse. Now, I'm very fortunate that I'm not a "typical" woman and I have absolutely nothing else in my purse except my wallet and my keys anyway.
Now, Jesse at school has one, in it's tubing, that he wears in a fanny pack. The other one, the teacher has. The one in his fanny pack does get crushed because the fanny pack does not offer enough protection for it, especially on a pretty active little guy out in the schoolyard. I really want an epi-belt for him. It's just a matter of actually finding the cash for it.
Except for the one that Jesse wears, I feel comfortable with the way all of the other ones are being carried.
Also, on the rare occasion that I am not with Jesse, I always make sure to give the Epi-pens I have in my purse to his Father or perhaps my girlfriend. This may happen, what, twice a year?
When he gets older and is venturing places without me (what age is that, anyway?), I would then want him wearing an epi-belt to carry an Epi-pen with him. That's another thing I'll deal with when the time comes.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 2:00pm
Merri - Kim's picture
Joined: 01/31/2001 - 09:00

Four epi-pens. One in the diaper bag at all times, sometimes two. One in my purse at all times and one in my DH's front, sealed coat pocket. Although after reading some posts, I'm thinking of looking into those puncture proof carriers(sp?). Kim

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 2:32pm
Imalulu's picture
Joined: 02/11/2001 - 09:00

Three at school (lunchroom, nurse, classroom, oh, and his backpack) one in kitchen, one in fanny pack. We take about three on the road when we travel. Now some are expiring...Time to shell out for a new batch, and to re-explain to my pharmacist why I need more than ONE.

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 8:25pm
blackmoss's picture
Joined: 12/26/2000 - 09:00

None. (Just a Reminder... he's 6 months old and 16 pounds before anyone says anything)

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 8:41pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We have six Epipens for our 3 y/o son. Two are at preschool. One in my kitchen cabinet. The remaining three we keep in the FAN medicine kit nylon bag. I just clip it to my purse and bring it with us where ever we go. It gives me peace-of-mind, knowing I have enough Epipens to give my son at least one hour of treatment.

Posted on: Sun, 02/11/2001 - 11:45pm
jh5000's picture
Joined: 03/02/2000 - 09:00

10 - two in my purse at all times, two in a small carrying case for my husband, two for my babysitter to carry in her purse, two for preschool, and two extras at home. We have two everywhere so we'll always have a back-up in case one doesn't work - a while back there was a recall of the Epi-pens because some weren't firing. Chris had also mentioned this on another thread and I think it's a good idea: make sure you get pens with different lot numbers in case there is a defective bunch.

Posted on: Mon, 02/12/2001 - 12:08am
Nick's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

I carry one EpiPen with me @ all times (well, not in the shower!) in an E-Belt (formerly EpiBelt) from Zoni Inc. ([url][/url]). I have 2 others @ home as spares. The E-belt also has the antihistamine pouch.
Now, before anyone recommends that I should have 2 to buy more time - yes, I know it may be a good idea, but ... I don't eat any product of which I am not 100% sure. I don't eat in restaurants or shared facilities. I don't eat "processed" food which I consider suspect (all of it!). I read all labels twice and avoid anything with warnings or suspect ingredients. I make all my own food from fresh ingredients (yes, I'm the "chef" in our household). I'm paranoid!! [img][/img]
Stay safe, all!!
Nick (PA sufferer)

Posted on: Mon, 02/12/2001 - 1:05am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

I carry two epi's and a bottle of benadryl in my purse everywhere we go.

Posted on: Mon, 02/12/2001 - 8:31am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

I carry one with my in my purse at all times and keep one at home, plus Benadryl in both places. When my daughter goes to preschool, which will be in the fall, I will give at least one, probably two, to the preschool. Here's a question I have for all of you (especially JH500 who has 10!!). Our pens are expiring and I got a new prescription. Our insurance (which changed since the last RX) will only dispense one pen at a time. Did anyone else have this problem, and has anyone been successful in arguing with the insurance company about needing multiple pens on hand? I thought I would arm myself before I took on the insurance people.


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