|Chemical name: Epinephrine
Typical dosage: 0.3mg
Typical type: Injection1
Epipen® is a medication used for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. It is available as brand and generic and is given as an injection into the muscle.
Epipen is a prescription medication that contains the active ingredient Epinephrine. Epipen is given in the event of emergency allergic reaction. It is injected into the muscle and can be used every 5 to 15 minutes if allergic reaction symptoms don’t resolve.
Epipen stimulates beta-receptors in the body that relax muscles in the throat and stimulate the heart to carry more oxygen through the body.
The most common side effects from Epipen include feeling excited or nervous, anxiety, restlessness, shakiness, nausea and vomiting, sweating, headache and fast heart rate.
No. Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans do not typically cover Epipen.1
You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover other drugs that help treat severe allergic reactions.
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability.
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Because Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans do not typically cover Epipen, you will likely be responsible for all costs for this drug if you have one of these types of Medicare coverage.
If you use Epipen, you should keep this medicine with you at all times in case of an allergic reaction.
Epipen should be injected into the outer part of the mid-thigh to manage an emergency allergic reaction. Each Epipen contains only 1 dose.
In the event of an emergency allergic reaction, you need to visit a hospital as soon as possible, even after use of the Epipen. It is recommended to give one dose for every 10 to 20 minutes of travel time to an emergency room.
More than 2 Epipen doses should only be administered under direct medical supervision. Do not inject into the fingers, hands or feet, because this can lower blood flow to these areas.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.
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1 GoodRx. Epipen. Retrieved May 2019, from www.goodrx.com/epipen.
2 Jacobson, Gretchen; et al. A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage. (Nov. 13, 2018). Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage.
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