What is epinephrine?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Bob Gravani discusses what epinephrine is.

    Host: What is epinephrine?

    Bob B. Gravani: Well epinephrine is a really is adrenaline and it's produced in the adrenal glands in our body, it also regulates some portions of the nervous system and it needs to be administered rapidly and life threatening food allergies situations; when someone consumes a product, it's administered usually the injection into the thigh, so that it can be quickly absorbed by the body, children usually carry a smaller pen than adults do and basically it's very important that this be administered quickly. Physicians provide a prescription for severely food allergic consumers to carry these epinephrine pens and instruct them how to use them properly and again they need to refill these prescriptions periodically to make sure that the material is fresh etcetera and will work in the case of a life threatening allergic reaction.