How Many Epipens Is Too Many?

You probably have one auto-injector in your purse, and still have enough trouble remembering to bring it everywhere you go. But what is this you hear about carrying two Epipens?

the reason we carry Epipens is to save a life, and two Epipens gives you the best chance

The truth is, yes you should have quick access to two Epipens at all times. Sometimes, if you come into contact with your allergen, one dose of epinephrine may not be enough. It’s a scary thought but the reason we carry Epipens is to save a life, and two Epipens gives you the best chance. Food-related anaphylaxis is more likely to require a second dose, in particular shellfish and nuts.

Absolutely always keep one Epipen on you, and keep a second nearby. You never know when you’ll need it.

If you have an expired Epipen, you don’t need to immediately throw it out. This will be a good back-up in case you require a little bit more epinephrine. Keep it stored somewhere accessible and make sure other people know where it is. An expired second Epipen is better than no second Epipen in case of emergency.

Next time you see your doctor, ask about how and when to administer a second Epipen in case of emergency.

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