How to bring Epi? Epi-Belt?

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2000 - 1:47pm
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We were concerned about the warning on the Epi saying about the heat and cold sensitiveness. We went to the beach last week and had no idea where to put the Epi, we rolled it up in a towel and tucked it in a bag, because we didn't want the sun hitting on it. What do you do about this problem?

Do any of you have an Epi-belt (pack). I saw them on the net for sale at 57$ which I thought was pretty expensive. Is it worth it? Does this belt protect from hot & cold?

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2000 - 10:37pm
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I bought a diaper bag with heat resistant bottle packs and I put the epi-pen in the pack. I went to Greece with it and the weather was 120 everyday. I went to the beach and traveled. The medecine is fine. I checked it often. I saw heat resistent packs at the pharmacy priced reasonable. If you plan on going to the beach for more than a few hours ask the pharmacist about the cooler.

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2000 - 11:35pm
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We bring a cooler, wrap the epi's in a towel and place it in the tray far from the ice and haven't had a problem.

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 6:19am
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jrizos, how do you check to make sure the medicine in the epi-pen is still ok? Does it discolor?

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 7:49am
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I have a pouch I wear around my waist. In the back part I put two epis and in the front I have an ice pack which I wrap in a small cloth. I've only been doing this for about a month and so far so good. The liquid has not discolored at all.
Bonnie

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 8:26am
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Where exactly can you see the medicine? Down towards the injection point? What color does it change to if the epi-pen has been exposed to heat or cold?

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 8:35am
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My allergist said it will look cloudy.

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 8:55am
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The liquid will become discoloured if it is no longer good. You can not actually see the liquid it is a very small amount, but if it becomes discoloured then you will see it.
Why are you putting an ice pack in with the Epi Pens, it specifically says on the pen "Do not refrigerate" Store in a dark place at room temperature 15-30 degrees C., or 59-86 degress F.

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2000 - 9:44am
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Be careful that your Epipen does not get too cold. While heat while discolor the medication, cold may disable the spring mechanism and render it useless. As far as I know, there is not way to tell that this has happened.

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 7:13am
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Mommy, Look under "Products" and you will find more information you may be interested in. I finally found an insulated bag from Bass just big enough to hold two epi's, in their boxes, an inhaler, and benadryl tablets. I live in Louisiana, always hot, and have had no problems.
Rachel

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 7:48am
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When my daughter goes on school functions, field trips, etc. the nurse always carries her epi-pen in a small (lunch box size) cooler. I questioned her about the temp being too cold and she said that they tested it by putting a small ice pack in it. It got neither too hot nor too cold. It also probably depends on how long you will be in the heat.

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