Twinject vs. EpiPen?

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Has anyone compared the two? The allergist left the option up to me to choose which to get (I got the Twinject). Is there one that is preferred or better than the other?

On Oct 20, 2007

I wasn't given the option, they just gave me the epi pen jr.

On Oct 25, 2007

Just [i]my personal opinion[/i], but I would not be comfortable to use the Twinject. Jabbing the Epi is one thing, it's so simple, but taking out a syringe and giving an injection is something else. I know I would be nervous, and ds is terrified of needles, if he saw me taking that out he would freak. I know it is only the second dose that would need to be injected, but I would still rather carry two Epis than contemplate giving the injection if a follow up dose was needed. The simplicity makes it easier when training outsiders, too, IMO.

No offense to anyone who prefers the Twinject! I actually got a dvd from Twinject at the FAAN walk to give to our school nurse, since I know she has never used one and we do have kids with them at school. I watched it, and for me personally, I thought the Epi was easier. [b]sugar[/b], did the doctor demonstrate how each one was used for you? You can go to the Twinject website and the Epipen site, they both have videos there that demonstrate how to use them. That's really the only way to know which is better for you.

On Oct 26, 2007

The dr's office did demo both to me. I had gest. diabetes when I was pregnant and I gave myself injections every day, so even though I know DD would probably be freaking out during a reaction, I'm okay with injecting her.

I just wondered if maybe there was a widespread preference... or if theTwinject has a negative history among users, that kind of thing.

On Oct 28, 2007

My allergist recommends the epi because it is relatively mindless to apply. However, I am leaning toward twin jet for several reasons. One is that if there is any problem with the auto injector mechanism, you have the option of a manual one. I have heard that cold temps can affect the auto injector mechanism on a rare occasion. Also like the idea that you get 4 injections in one pair of twin jets...whereas 2 epi's are just 2 epi's. So if you are travelling somewhere it is a lot less bulky. And it is very bulky to carry two epi's compared to one twin jet which still gives you the advantage of carrying two pens. Nevertheless - we still only have epi's. I am trying to get a better comfort level with the twin jet. Finally, altho my husband and I are inclined to carry twinjets, I would only be comfortable with my 10 yr. old son carrying epipens.

On Oct 31, 2007

Our school system will only accept Epi-pens for children with allergies. It has something to do with the exposed needle between doses. If you are leaving one at school, you might want to check to see if they have a similar ban so you don't have to go back and get Epi-pens, too.