The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) have made a recommendation in May 2014. This recommendation is aimed at those that carry adrenaline auto-injectors (Emerade, EpiPen, and Jext).

Advice to give to people with allergies and their carers:

  • Carry two adrenaline auto-injectors at all times. This is particularly important for people who also have allergic asthma as they are at increased risk of a severe anaphylactic reaction.
  • Use the adrenaline auto-injector at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction.
  • Take the following actions immediately after every use of an adrenaline auto-injector:
  1. Call 999, ask for an ambulance and state “anaphylaxis”, even if symptoms are improving.
  2. Lie flat with the legs raised in order to maintain blood flow. If you have breathing difficulties sit up to make breathing easier.
  3. Seek help immediately after using the auto-injector and if at all possible stay with the person while waiting for the ambulance.
  4. If the person does not start to feel better, the second auto-injector should be used 5 to 15 minutes after the first
  • Check the expiry date of the adrenaline auto-injectors and obtain replacements before they expire. Expired injectors will be less effective.

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