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Ask the allergist – June 2024

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Ask the allergist is an everyday function in our newsletters the place Canadian allergists reply your questions! 

Please notice: The allergists featured on this sequence reply questions on common matters, please discuss to your physician in case you have questions on your personal well being or the well being of your little one. 

This month, we requested Dr. Julia Upton about epinephrine auto-injectors and expiry dates.


Is it OK to make use of an expired epinephrine auto-injector to deal with anaphylaxis?

It’s greatest to make use of an in-date epinephrine auto-injector, as an expired machine might have much less energetic medicine and be much less efficient than an unexpired one.

With the EpiPen® and ALLERJECT®, there’s additionally a viewing window on the machine to have the ability to see the medicine, and it ought to present a transparent liquid. If the liquid is darkish, cloudy, discoloured (brown or pink), or appears prefer it has particles, the machine must be changed.

Ideally, attempt to exchange auto-injectors by the expiry date. Nevertheless, if somebody is experiencing anaphylaxis, an expired epinephrine auto-injector is healthier than no epinephrine auto-injector in any respect.


Thanks Dr. Upton in your perception! Try our helpful epinephrine sheet for more information and suggestions!

Epinephrine suggestions sheet

Dr. Julia Upton is on employees on the Hospital for Sick Kids within the Immunology and Allergy Division; Medical Director, Scientific Analysis Centre at SickKids Analysis Institute; and an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Paediatrics on the College of Toronto. She is on the Board of Administrators on the Canadian Society of Allergy and Scientific Immunology and a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.  

Please notice: Dr. Upton is answering as a person allergist and her solutions don’t represent an official place of her affiliated organizations. Her responses are for informational functions solely and don’t represent particular medical recommendation, suggestions, prognosis, or therapy. Please discuss to your physician about any considerations or questions you might have relating to your personal well being or the well being of your little one.  

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