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Epinephrine is the only effective treatment for anaphylaxis
- By Parul Kothari, MD, Contributor
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Parul Kothari, MD, Contributor
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Sodiumbisulfate is used as a preservative. In Epi-Pens. Asthmatics can be sensitive to this additive. Benadryl helped keep a second reaction from occurring greater than the first reaction for my family member.
Just to make people aware…they MAY have changed it a bit over the years…but be very beware of cat scan dye. My mother had a reaction to it once…and years later took her for cat scan…told doctor do not use dye and he did and she went into severe anaphalyaxis. Took her to hospital where they gave her benedryl to only make matters worse….after a month of suffering a stroke then a surgery for feeding tube…then a heart attack she passed away. It would really be nice if doctors understood the fact that patients know a little about their bodies too.
Dr. Kothari: Bravo for your article! As the Founder and CEO of the Training Epinephrine Administrators in Medication (TEAM), we invite you to learn more about our growing organization. We have entered into an agreement with a leading global pop musician who will be supporting the activities of our non-profit, along with the leading health organizations throughout the U.S. and the globe. Stay tuned! Thank you again for your outstanding article.
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