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Old 08-10-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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As part of our action plan we are to follow epi pen up with benadryl. The last of my pre-filled wal-dryl spoons just expired. I found some little containers that I can use for me that shouldn't leak (I hope). I was hoping to find some actual labeled otc for the school. I can give them a bottle but in the midst of a reaction I would prefer they not have to measure out the dose but what they keep has to be officially labeled so I can't premeasure in one of the containers I found and give that to the school. And it needs to be liquid. So??????? Any suggestions? I have tried CVS and Walgreens it seems everybody has stopped making the single dose liquid.

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Old 08-10-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

A couple of years ago I was hunting down the same thing for the same reasons. I even looked at Benadryls website, and they weren't available in the single doses. I would just give them a bottle, have a syringe ready, with it premarked with a sharpie where the correct dosage should be.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

Good idea. I usually send a bottle of Benadryl with the dosing utensil but didn't mark the dosage on there. The schools here have to have a prescription label on the Benadryl.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

I was thinking I might get a med syringe that is the exact dose. Someone did tell me that Walgreen is doing a new one that is dye free but I can't find it online and our local store doesn't have it. I am going shopping in a bigger city tomorrow so i will stop by Walgreen there to see if they have any otherwise I think I'll do the syringe for the school. Ours don't need a prescription label just the medicine authorization from the doc. I always give them the action plan too since it has exactly what symptoms need what treatment. The silly little medication form the school has is fairly useless.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

They do make chewables. I would just send a pack of that. No spills and dosage is easier too.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

I think chewables are a great idea. I think it would depend on how the child reacts. For my son, liquid would be better, I can't imagine him trying to chew anything during one of his reactions. Plus, I think the liquid would go into his system a little quicker.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

Yep needs to be liquid. its being used in conjunction with epi when she will likely not be able to chew and the liquid does the job more quickly. If it was just for mild reactions or random hives the chewables would work but not for the what we need it for. We've only had to use benadryl for random stuff maybe 3 times. Its not something we wold keep on hand if the doc didn't want us using it with the epi. She has regular allergy meds and has only needed benadryl (outside her action plan) after allergy testing. Still didn't find Walgreens new version so I guess I will take them a bottle with a marked dispenser.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

I would suggest giving them a labeled liquid bottle of Benedryl and then an amber oral syringe with cap. Have the doctor write in the doctor's orders that the syringe must be prefilled by the nurse and then they can cap it and place in a plastic box. If that violates your state's nursing standards then I would either have a pharmacist or doctor draw up the syringe and label with their signature and appropriate doctors orders.

You want specifically an amber syringe to protect the liquid from degrading. Baxa is the type preferred by parent of enteral fed children but you may be able to get your pharmacist to give you one for free. Typically compounding pharmacies and Target pharmacies carry them for dispensing with the Rx those are the two sources I know off the top of my head. If you are friendly with someone who works in an Infusion Pharmacy or hospital they also may be able to snag you a free amber oral syringe with a cap. Also slip tip syringes will work just as well. They aren't as wide as oral syringes but I have no problem pushing thick liquids through them.
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Re: epi-pen allergy mamas

I can't find the chewables anywhere anymore...please send me a link if u find it somewhere, thanks!
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