I carry an epi-pen. It is a last resort kind of thing for me. I also carry a vial of histamine (with my correct dose) and allergy syringes. The histamine works great for my and most of my reactions and doesn’t cause all the side effects of epinephrine like my heart racing.
There was a time when that was my only option for a reaction (my pre-Environmental Health Center-Dallas days). Believe me, I used it many times. I used it during reactions from Amphotericin-B I was taking nebulized and I used it when I ate oatmeal and had my throat swell.
While I am glad that I have it should my histamine not be enough to control a severe reaction, it is bulky and the box it comes in with the prescription number on it is even bulkier. I find myself throwing away the box and then can’t remember when I ordered it or what the prescription number is. It doesn’t fit into a pocket or small compact purse either.
There was an article in the New York Times on February 1, 2013 (thank you Jennie) about an updated version of an epi-pen. Twin brothers Eric and Edward Evans grew up with serious food allergies and had to contend with this bulky epi-pen. The brothers developed a much slimmer version of an epinephrine pen about the size of a smartphone. I was intrigued at the compact size of this new device. I wonder if it would fit into a small handbag or a pocket? I plan on asking whichever doctor I see next about it. What are your thoughts? How many of you carry an epi-pen now? How many of you would like to try this new Auvi-Q?