What is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction triggered by allergies to certain medications, foods, and bug bites. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat; hives or rash; diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; and cardiac symptoms including a drop in blood pressure, heart attack, or cardiac arrest.

Anaphylaxis requires emergency attention. Epinephrine pens like EpiPen, Twinject, or Auvi-Q are the most common at-home treatment. Other drugs used include corticosteroid and antihistamine injections.

Savings Tips for Anaphylaxis

  • Big News: CVS Slashes Prices For EpiPen Alternative

    January 12, 2017

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the controversy regarding EpiPen pricing a few months back.

    Why people got very upset about EpiPen prices:

    EpiPen is a life-saving injector which provides immediate relief to severe allergic reactions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work if you don’t have one handy, so parents often have to buy multiple pens to keep anywhere a child might be when they have a reaction. See More

  • Even EpiPen Alternatives Are Getting More Expensive

    October 05, 2016

    If you’ve been following the news on EpiPen, you already know that brand name EpiPen has seen massive price increases (over 400%) since 2007.

    Manufacturer Mylan will be offering a less expensive generic alternative to EpiPen in 2017. They currently have a manufacturer discount of up to $300 off the cash price of EpiPen as well. However, if you’re paying out of pocket, either could still leave you owing $300 each time you fill. See More

  • New EpiPen Generic Approved In Response to Concerns Over Pricing

    August 29, 2016

    In response to criticisms over EpiPen pricing, manufacturer Mylan will be offering an authorized generic alternative sometime in Fall 2016.

    For more background on EpiPen pricing, and other less-expensive alternatives, see the previous GoodRx articles on EpiPen here and here.

    Here’s what you need to know about the new EpiPen generic.

    How much will the new generic cost?

    Mylan has said that the new generic will have a list price of $300, about 50% of the cost of brand name EpiPenSee More

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Popular Anaphylaxis Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Antihistamines 8 See Prices
Antihistamines 8 See Prices
Corticosteroids 19 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Anaphylaxis Drug Classes

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