Recent Blog Articles
Sugar: How sweet it is... or is it?
Cardiovascular safety from prostate cancer drugs remains uncertain
Rising alcohol use among older adults
Easily distracted? Try meditation
Harvard Health Ad Watch: Can a wearable device reduce stress?
Listening to your hunger cues
Does your child need to bathe every day?
Can flavonoids help fend off forgetfulness?
Can physical or cognitive activity prevent dementia?
Wondering how much your medical care will cost? New rules could help
Harvard Health Blog
Epinephrine is the only effective treatment for anaphylaxis
- By Parul Kothari, MD, Contributor
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.
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.
Commenting has been closed for this post.
You might also be interested in…
Controlling Your Allergies
Whether you get skin rashes, itchy eyes, wheezy airways, or a runny nose, an allergic response is no fun, and is sometimes dangerous. In Controlling Your Allergies, you'll learn to identify your allergic symptoms, pinpoint your triggers, distinguish between intolerance and allergy, and choose the best treatment for your particular type of allergy.