LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared.®

Anaphylaxis is unpredictable. When it comes to potentially life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), you need to have a plan. Your plan should include avoiding known allergens, recognizing the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, having access to two epinephrine auto-injectors at all times and seeking immediate emergency medical care should anaphylaxis occur.

Maybe you’ve heard of EpiPen® Auto-Injector…but what is it?

EpiPen® 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for people who have a history of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to things like bee stings, peanuts or seafood, or are at increased risk for a severe allergic reaction. EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® are self-injectable devices (auto-injectors) that contain epinephrine. According to National Food Allergy Guidelines, epinephrine is the first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions.

All epinephrine auto-injectors are not the same.

Epinephrine auto-injectors look and function differently from one another. When picking up your EpiPen® Auto-Injector prescription at the pharmacy, check to be sure that a different device was not dispensed and that you leave the pharmacy with EpiPen® Auto-Injector that your health care professional prescribed for you.

Be prepared to act fast.

If you, your child or someone you're caring for shows signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis, administer EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector immediately as prescribed and seek emergency medical care.

Have access to two doses of epinephrine at all times.

EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons contain two auto-injectors (as well as one EpiPen® Trainer). This follows National Food Allergy Guidelines that recommend people at increased risk for anaphylaxis have two doses of epinephrine available at all times.

Why carry two doses of epinephrine?

EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® provide an additional dose of epinephrine, because a second dose might be needed during a life-threatening allergic reaction. One reason is in case of what is called a protracted reaction—where symptoms may persist even after a first dose of epinephrine is administered. Another situation that may require a second dose of epinephrine is called a biphasic reaction—where symptoms may appear to go away but then come back, typically within 8 hours (sometimes up to 72 hours) after the initial allergic reaction.

More than two doses of EpiPen® Auto-Injector for a single episode should be administered only under direct medical supervision. Talk to your health care professional if you need additional EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons to keep at work, school or other locations to help you have immediate access to two EpiPen® Auto-Injectors in case of a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Every EpiPen 2-Pak® includes an EpiPen® Trainer.

Knowing how to correctly use your EpiPen® Auto-Injector is essential, which is why every EpiPen 2-Pak® includes a needle-free, medication-free EpiPen® Trainer. Practice with your EpiPen® Trainer and watch our step-by-step video. Also, make sure that anyone who may need to administer EpiPen® Auto-Injector does the same. You may also order an additional EpiPen® Trainer for free.

More in this section:

*Based on IMS data from 1987-2013.

Never-See-Needle is a trademark of Mylan Inc.​