Should I carry one or two Epipens? How do you carry them?

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 7:12am
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pHow many Epipens do you carry? The doctor says one is fine since they rarely malfunction and I will be calling 911 anyway. It makes me nervous to only carry one. Do some of you carry two instead? I also would love more great ideas about how to carry them - different containers, pouches, etc. that you have found to make carrying them easier./p

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 7:25am
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We have 5 - 2 at school, 2 at home, and 1 on DS in his EBelt. So, this way there are always 3 wherever DS is.
JMO - one is NOT enough.
I carry our 2 Epis, Benadryl, measuring spoon, and insurance cards in a fanny pack.
HTH - and get more Epis!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 7:34am
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Our allergist told us to carry two Epi-pens to cover the worst case scenario where you give first Epi and after 10 to 15 minutes the ambulance still has not arrived and the symptoms have not seemed to improve (or maybe improved temporarily but seem to be worsening again). He said if that were to occur, we should give the second Epi.
He also said to always carry Benadryl (or equivalent antihistamine).
We also have two Epi-pens and two bottles of Benadryl at school, one set in classroom and one in nurse's office.

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 8:21am
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We have 4 altogether. Ds carries 2 in a medicine bag in his backpack (with Benedryl and his inhaler). IMO, since epi is said to give you @ 20 min. to get to the hospital and some ambulances don't carry it, I want to be prepared. It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Andrea

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 8:35am
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we have five 2 in school ,one with my son in a medicpoutch around his waste and 2 with us ,and he also carrys his healtcard and emergency information and his medicalert bracelet and his medic ID,i thing is better safe then sorry
stay safe Thomas

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 10:36am
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We have five too. I carry three on me at all times in my purse. I pretty much always have my son with me. I leave two back-ups at home.
Jaime

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 11:07am
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We have 5.
One at Daycare (they walk my daughter to and from school); One at school; One in my daughter's backpack in a red medical alert waist pouch with inhaler and areochamber and Two with me. On the very rare occassion that my husband picks up the children from daycare I will leave the two epipens with him.

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 12:11pm
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We have 8. DD has 2 in her Medi-pouch. I have 2 in my fanny pack. The school nurse has 2 in her office. We have 2 at home. Hope we never need any of them!

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 12:47pm
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Glad to see I'm not the only one buying Epis every month.
We have 4 at school! One in classroom, one upstairs, one downstairs, and one in a waistpack that goes with duty teacher to lunch, recess, gym or any outdoor activity.
Also we keep 1 in the house, 1 in my purse, 1 in my son's waistpack.

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 1:52pm
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Does your insurance pay for all of these, and if so, how?? I just got 4 new ones, for the first time on this insurance(the 2 pack epi Jrs). My pharmacy did a trick to fill both by filling one for a one day supply and refilling it for the second day. I just paid 2 co-pays that way. It will cost me $125 otherwise, but I would really like to have 2 at preschool, 2 with me whenever we are out, and 2 at home at all times. I like having the 2 at home, in case the ones I carry around all the time ever end up not working despite care for temp. changes and such. I may just sspend the extra for the two more, but hope to have insurance pay for it. Maybe I can just refill it in awhile. I guess they never know that it was used or not, right? Becca

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 8:58pm
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We carry 2 wherever we go along with Benadryl. I also typed up a "Instructions for Dummies" type of instructions on how to use epi and laminated it. I keep it with his epi pack so in the event someone has to use them and I'm not there, they have the quick reference sheet without having to read the directions. It is about the size of a luggage tag. I also put what the signs of an attack were so in case the person is wondering if he is having an attack or not. My son also wears a medic alert necklace.

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