Bayer Schering Pharma AG | Ana – Kit (Medication)
Ana – Kit: Indications
Ana-Kit is a fast-acting, injectable medication that is used as an emergency treatment for a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction, such as a reaction to an insect sting, a food, or a drug. It is also used to treat severe asthma attacks. Available only by prescription, Ana-Kit contains two drugs: an epinephrine injection and chlorpheniramine tablets. These drugs are available separately in generic versions.
Epinephrine opens the airways in your lungs and narrows your blood vessels; this can counteract some of the effects of a severe allergic reaction, such as low blood pressure, breathing difficulties, hives, and itching.
Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine that reduces the levels of chemicals called histamines that your body produces when you have an allergic reaction. It can help control such symptoms as itching, sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes….
Ana – Kit: Side Effects
Transient and minor side effects of anxiety, headache, fear, and palpitations often occur with therapeutic doses, especially in hyperthyroid individuals. Repeated local injections can result in necrosis at sites of injection from vascular constriction. Epinephrine-fastness can occur with prolonged use….
Ana – Kit: Precaution
Use of Ana-Kit with excessive doses of digitalis, mercurial diuretics, or other drugs that sensitize the heart to arrhythmias is not recommended. Anginal pain may be induced when coronary insufficiency is present.
The effects of Ana-Kit may be potentiated by tricyclic antidepressants; certain antihista-mines, e.g., diphenhydramine, tripelennamine, d-chlorpheniramine; and sodium l-thyroxine.
Administer with caution to elderly people; to those with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism; in psychoneurotic individuals; and in pregnancy.
Patients with long-standing bronchial asthma and emphysema who have developed degenerative heart disease should be administered the drug with extreme caution.
Overdosage or inadvertent intravenous injection of epinephrine may cause cerebrovascular hemorrhage resulting from the sharp rise in blood pressure.
Fatalities may also result from pulmonary edema because of the peripheral constriction and cardiac stimulation produced. Rapidly acting vasodilators, such as nitrites, or alpha blocking agents may counteract the marked pressor effects of epinephrine.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor’s advice….