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.
EpiPen® 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection) 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.
Epinephrine auto-injectors look and function differently from one another. When picking up your EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® 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® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector that your healthcare professional prescribed for you.
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.
EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons contain two epinephrine auto-injectors (as well as one EpiPen® Trainer that does not contain epinephrine or a needle). This follows National Food Allergy Guidelines that recommend people at increased risk for anaphylaxis have two doses of epinephrine available at all times.
EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® provide an additional dose of epinephrine, because a second dose of epinephrine 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 healthcare professional if you need additional EpiPen 2-Pak® or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons to keep at work, school or other locations to help you have immediate access to two EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors in case of a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Knowing how to correctly use your EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector is essential, which is why every EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® carton includes a needle-free, epinephrine-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® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector does the same. You may also order an additional EpiPen® Trainer for free.
- Are you eligible to pay $0 for your EpiPen® Auto-Injectors?
- Step-by-step instructions and video on how to use your EpiPen® Auto-Injector
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction
- The most common side effects of EpiPen® Auto-Injector
- Frequently asked questions about EpiPen® Auto-Injector
- Keep track of your EpiPen® Auto-Injectors with the My EpiPlan® app for iPhone® and Android™
*Based on IMS data from 1987-May 2015.