oops! left the Epis in the car!

Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2007 - 1:21pm
ilismama's picture
Joined: 02/06/2007 - 09:00

something i am constantly reminding family members is a BIG no-no & i went & did it myself.

DD & i went on a brief shopping trip & w/all the things that i had to bring in the house, not to mention she was starving for lunch at the time...i ended up forgetting the Epi Pens in the car (they were covered by a package that i allowed DD to open while we were driving home).

usually i make sure SHE carries the bag in herself (she's 3 but i'm trying to get her to remember now, so that if she's w/someone else who might not remember she can remind THEM!)

anyway, they were in there about 5 hours & the temp. here today was about 86-92...are these Epi Pens totally useless now? i have others, but i was just wondering if these were still ok?

Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2007 - 2:03pm
Mom2Ian's picture
Joined: 02/26/2007 - 09:00

Check the window and see if the liquid is still clear. I

Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2007 - 3:05pm
lilanne's picture
Joined: 11/02/2006 - 09:00

I did the same thing....I looked and the liquid is still clear, but I went ahead a got new ones. I don't know if there is any way to know for sure. I bought new ones "better to be safe then sorry" a very costly mistake.

Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2007 - 9:25pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My understanding is that if the liquid is no longer clear, it is not good. But if it is clear, that is not a guarantee that it is good--it still could have gone bad. So if it is clear, there is no telling if it's good. I would get new to be on the safe side.

Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2007 - 9:30pm
Shuleran's picture
Joined: 07/25/2004 - 09:00

Oh my goodness. I just did the same thing two days ago. I am constantly telling my 9 year old daughter to keep up with the epi-pens and med bag and I am the one who left it in the car while getting out groceries and three hungry children. It was 101 degrees outside for 5 hours. I had to replace both epi-pens that afternoon. When I got to the pharmacy, there were no refills on the script and then we had to call the doctor's office 10 minutes before closing and leave a desperate message requesting a refill. My daughter just lost her e-belt and epi-pen ten days before that and we are waiting on the new ones to arrive from FAAN. I am glad that we didn't use them, but I hate replacing three epi-pens at one time!!

Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2007 - 10:13pm
notnutty's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Something similar happened to me last month. I gave my ds's epis to my dh while we were at the lake and he forgot them sitting on the picnic table in the sun for about 4 hours when it was 80-85 out.
I called the pharmacy and spoke to the pharmacist. She told me that they are probably still good since the liquid did not change color, but the medication breaks down with the heat so they probably are not as strong. Since I had 3 of them with, I did not get them replaced until we were back at home, but I did replace them nonetheless. I am using the "weaker" epis as backups (#5 and #6)in case we would ever need them. But I would get them replaced when you get a chance.

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 12:29am
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

I just got rid of 2 that sat in the hot sun all last week while my son was at day camp. The last day of camp, I picked them up and they were quite warm - not taking any chances.

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 1:27am
alliedhealth's picture
Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

Replace them- We have done that many times and the temp in the car is much hotter than outside. I was at a lecture by one of the top allergists and they addressed this issue and using epipens past the expiration date-they said the fda has tested the pens and the warning labels (59-86) and expiration dates should always be trusted- the strength of the meds degrades after this.
A costly mistake but saving a life is worth it

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 2:36am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

I would probably replace them, just to be sure...but ask your doctor or pharmacist.
On another note, what I found helpful is that I ordered one of the epi-pen carriers and clipped it onto my car/house keys. This way we never leave the house without it...and I don't leave them in the car either.

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 3:02am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

When ours were left in the hot car I replaced both of them. Evern though the liquid was clear they are in tempuratures well above recommended. Better to be safe.

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 8:50am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

We have made that very costly mistake ourselves several times. Makes me mad every time!


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