My Family Doctor says....

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 12:15am
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allergists are no longer prescribing the Epipen Jr., only using the Regular one now.
(for any weight and age)

Any one know of this?
p.s. I am in Canada

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 12:44am
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Quote:Originally posted by smack:
[b]allergists are no longer prescribing the Epipen Jr., only using the Regular one now.
(for any weight and age)
Any one know of this?
p.s. I am in Canada[/b]
First [I] have heard of it...
AFAIK they are still rx'ing both, though maybe your allergist knows more about allergies (or less) than us [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Jason
IMO -- I doubt it. But thats me...
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Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 12:49am
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smack, I haven't heard of this, but my son only had an Epi-pen Jr. when he was first diagnosed at 18 months of age. Any other Epi-pens were the regular ones, from the age 2-1/2 on and my guy is wee. Right now, he may weigh in at 52 pounds and he's always had a full strength Epi-pen.
This might be something to contact Anaphylaxis Canada about.
I know last year I was upset with one doctor at the walk-in who did prescribe an Epi-pen Jr. because I wanted the regular strength one.
But, no, I haven't heard of it. If I can remember when I go to pick up the Section 8 for my son's extra Epi-pen (whenever that is), I'll try to remember to ask the doctor.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 1:11am
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Wow! We've always had the Jr. prescribed. First prescription was at 11 months. My son is now 5 and weighs about 45 lbs. Now I'm worried it won't be enough in the event of a bad reaction. YIKES!

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 1:36am
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I just double checked our latest Epi's and they are full strength -- no Jr.
I can't believe that got past me! Anyway, disregard what I said above. I need more sleep!! :P
-Amy

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 4:08am
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Interesting.
My DS, who's now 4, weighs about 37.5 pounds. His allergist told us last month that when he's a couple of pounds heavier, he'll need the regular Epi Pen. Right now, though, he still has the Jr.

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 4:27am
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Smack, I haven't heard of that. Maybe only in Canada?
I just got Ethan a new prescription from his doctor. He prescribed the Epi-Pen, Jr. Ethan is almost 6 and weighs about 55 lbs.
I know it's listed somewhere on this board but I thought that I would check out dey's website to see if anything changed on the weight difference between the Epi-Pen and Epi-Pen Jr.
Taken from: [url="http://www.epipen.com/epipen_dosing.aspx"]http://www.epipen.com/epipen_dosing.aspx[/url]
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Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 4:50am
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Hey everyone,
Maybe it's not even a Canadian thing but what some of the allergists are telling my family doctor to prescribe.
I remember way back when pa son was switched to reg.epipen(3 1/2)maybe 40lbs, I read here that a lot of you still had the jr. at 55lbs.
Big difference in how allergists think.
I remember ours saying, better to give enough of one dose because most people have a hard enough time doing just that.
How many of you would know if you should give the second jr. because the first wasn't enough?
Anyway, not to raise panic in anyone that is using a jr. it's just something my reg. doctor mentioned and this may just be from a few allergists he deals with.
I won't see our reg. allergist till an appointment in December but I will ask him about this.

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 5:15am
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smack, I seem to remember something discussed on this board about there being a difference between prescribing in America and Canada - where American children were still getting Epi-pen Jr.'s while our's (Canadians) were getting full strength.
I can't remember how much Jesse would have weighed at the age of 3-1/4 and I only remember that night so clearly because it was the night he almost died and the doctor had to write us a new Epi-pen 'script before we left the hospital and he had to check his CPS to see if he should prescribe a Jr. or a regular Epi-pen and even back then, at whatever weight Jesse would have been (especially if he's only 52 pounds now at nearly 9, yes, he is underweight [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ), and came back with the regular Epi-pen 'script.
I'll have to check the packet later, time to pick the children up from school.
e-mom, I don't know if you've ever mentioned your children's names on the board before or not (dazed and confused here certainly could have missed it), but I LOVE the name Ethan. I actually did want to name a son Ethan. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 6:29am
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Quote:Originally posted by smack:
[b]allergists are no longer prescribing the Epipen Jr., only using the Regular one now.
(for any weight and age)
Any one know of this?
p.s. I am in Canada[/b]
I'm in Canada and I was just given refill prescription for EpiPen Jr.s for my son this summer (he's around 36 pounds) - so they still are being prescribed here!

Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 6:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]e-mom, I don't know if you've ever mentioned your children's names on the board before or not (dazed and confused here certainly could have missed it), but I LOVE the name Ethan. I actually did want to name a son Ethan. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[/b]
Cin, you are definitely dazed and confused, dear. I have mentioned Ethan's name a gazillion times before (although not much recently). I even remember you commenting to me before on how you loved the name and wanted to use it as well. I'll forgive you because I know that you are older than me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] But thank you, I love the name, too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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