FACT: Epinephrine is safe to use. It is the drug form of the hormone adrenaline that your body makes on its own. When an epinephrine auto-injector is given to treat anaphylaxis, it opens up the airways so it’s easier to breathe and improves blood pressure – it helps stops the reaction from progressing. After treating the allergic reaction, it’s recommended that you go to the hospital for further treatment and/or evaluation. Keep in mind that the reaction is the reason for going to the hospital, not because epinephrine has been used.
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