epipen vs epipen Jr

Posted on: Mon, 08/18/2003 - 11:59am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son is currently 50lbs and our allergist has just changed our epipen Jr to a regular epipen. However, I have been told by various places that the needle is 1/8 inch longer and could hit the bone of a child and hook. Has anyone heard of this and has anyone been prescribed an epipen at 50lbs?

Posted on: Mon, 08/18/2003 - 12:24pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Back in June, there was a great discussion going on about when to change over from epi jr to adult dose epi.
I'm hoping I've pasted the link correctly -
It was interesting to read about the varying ages and weights when the switch over to adult doses occurred. Hope the link works and help ease any fears that the needle might be too long for someone 50lbs.
Our DD was switched over at age 2&1/2 and at 35lbs - based on her allergists belief that the jr. dose was not enough of a dose to stop her severe reactions.

Posted on: Mon, 08/18/2003 - 11:06pm
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I just went through the same thing with my son.
When we were in the dr office for his allergy shots, the nurse weighed him (53lbs) and said that i needed to upgrade the epi.
i went to the pharmacy to have it filled and he said this was incorrect and that my dr was misinformed. He proceeded to lecture me about how too much epi would make his heart rate really high etc. he suggested i carry 2 epi jr instead.
i spoke to the dr since the nurse had refilled the script and he said that the pharmacist was wrong. (Like i want to stick my child one time, let alone twice!!!)
Our allergy dr said that the biggest mistake parents make is by not using the epi soon enough and not keeping the script up to date. i read the guidelines in the epi box and my dr was correct.

Posted on: Tue, 08/19/2003 - 1:48am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

We had our son switched to a regular epi (adult dose) long before his weight warrranted it. This was because of the severity of his allergy. The first time I used it on him was in the hospital emergency room with a doctor and nurse coaching me. His legs are scrawny for his age/size (stick legs inherited from DH side), they told me to grab a bunch of muscle and inject into that, so that I did not hit bone.
I've injected him twice since and done it the same way with no problems. The only ill effects he gets is that he gets really cold and tired (he has never had the racing heart or jitters that other people get).

Posted on: Tue, 08/19/2003 - 12:11pm
Mary Kay's picture
Joined: 01/25/1999 - 09:00

My son was 5 and very big for his age when we had to use the Jr. EpiPen. It was not strong enough, and I only had the one Jr. EpiPen. He survived, but was very near death with only the Jr. EpiPen and the time it took to transport him to the hospital. I recommend going with the higher strength according to weight, not by age. If we had had the right dosage, it may have saved us an overnight stay in the ICU at the hospital.
Mary Kay

Posted on: Fri, 08/22/2003 - 12:06pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thank You for your information, I do feel a bit better now, I spoke with so many people about this that I was very confused, hearing this information from you really helped!

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