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Flying

Flying

By taking a few precautions, you can reduce your risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) while flying.

Do Your Research

Before booking a flight, ask your health care professional about the risk of developing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) once aboard an aircraft and about key precautions the health care professional recommends taking. Studies have shown that most severe, life-threatening allergic reactions caused by peanuts on flights resulted from the ingestion of peanut-containing meals or snacks. If you’re cleared for air travel, call your airline to report your allergies and find out about the foods and snacks being served. Before you leave, locate an allergist or hospital near your destination in case of a life-threatening allergic reaction while you’re away.

Bring Your Own Food

Rather than relying on airport food vendors or the airline, pack your own snacks for the trip, and bring extra in case you’re delayed. The Transportation Security Administration permits air travelers to carry food from home onto planes — just make sure it’s wrapped or in a container.

Speak Up

When you reach your gate, tell the airline staff about your allergy. While airlines can’t guarantee flights will be free of your trigger foods, they may ask passengers in your row, and in the rows around you, to refrain from eating them.

Clean Your Seat and Surrounding Area

If possible, board the plane early so you can have your seat and area around you cleaned to remove food residue. You may want to use a cover over your seat to help keep any allergens left behind from previous passengers from coming into direct contact with you.

In Case of a Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction (Anaphylaxis), Alert the Crew

If you begin to experience anaphylaxis, tell a member of the flight crew immediately.

Always Carry Your EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors

Pack your EpiPen 2-Pak in your carry-on bag. When you board the plane, keep it with you, not in the overhead bin — if you need it, you’ll want to be able to access it quickly.

For more helpful information about flying with allergies, visit the Food Allergy Research & Education website.

How Does Your Airline Handle Allergies?

Most major airlines have policies on handling food allergies. To learn more, contact the airline.

TSA Regulations for Medications

After your medication has been screened by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel, you can carry it on board with you. Make sure your medication is labeled to help with identification and it is helpful to have your name on it. You should request that your EpiPen Auto-Injectors be inspected visually rather than x-rayed since the effects of x-rays on epinephrine are unknown.

For more information about current guidelines, visit the TSA website.

It’s not necessary, but you may want to bring a note from your physician explaining that your EpiPen Auto-Injector contains a medication for anaphylaxis.

Important Safety Information

EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto Injector.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your health care professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.

Indications

EpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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