“Having Access to EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector” – EpiPen® Personal Stories
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


SAVITRI: My name is Savitri and I have twin boys, Massimo and Enzo. Massimo has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. I prepare most of his food from scratch and I’m vigilant about reading labels and his brother is also vigilant about reading labels for him. He’s 3 minutes older,but he really acts like a big brother. Whenever I have, you know, a regular sitter or a new sitter, Enzo makes sure to tell them that
his brother’s allergic to peanuts and he can’t be around them. They look out for
each other and it really is a sweet relationship. CRYSTAL: My name is Crystal and I have a life-threatening allergy to shellfish. I used to see different containers that would say “may contain soy, peanuts…” I didn’t take it seriously, at all. I didn’t view it as a life-threatening
allergy. Then when I found out that I was someone that was allergic to a product as
well… It made me realize these things are very serious. You need to have a plan. So, I worked with my doctor and I have an action plan now. Ask all the questions, read the
labels, talk to the servers, talk to the chef. I live my life, but it’s also avoid, avoid,
avoid, always. COLLEEN: My name is Colleen. And my son’s name is Ciaran and he has severe food allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Wherever we go, we always have a plan, and it always starts with avoiding his allergens. When we go to restaurants, we immediately tell the wait person that our son, Ciaran, has life-threatening food allergies, and that any food that he is to eat cannot come into contact with any of those items, and we consistently tell them throughout the meal. We know we can’t be everywhere, but we always have to have our EpiPens® wherever we go. SAVITRI: In the pack, the EpiPen Jr® comes with a trainer. It doesn’t have medicine or a needle. We do dry runs and Mama practices on Massimo with the trainer device. It’s a dress rehearsal in case we need to be ready for the real thing. Avoiding allergens is key. But EpiPen® is part of the plan. If he
ever has an allergic reaction, we know what symptoms to look for. That’s when my doctor told me to administer it and then call 911. The EpiPen Jr® slips into my purse-it fits
into all of my bags. I always have them with me wherever I go. CRYSTAL: When I go out with my friends, they’re all aware of where my EpiPens® are located in my bag and they are also aware of how to administer it. CRYSTAL: Once you use the EpiPen®, you can’t just say, oh, I’m okay now. You definitely need to get emergency medical attention, that’s important. COLLEEN: We always have our EpiPens® with us. SAVITRI: Two at school, they’re in my purse, he’s got two at home. CRYSTAL: I keep them in my bag, in my office drawer and at home. Talk to your health care professional to see if EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector is right for you


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