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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 or Mylan's Authorized Generic for EpiPen®…but what are they?
EpiPen® 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) 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 these reactions. 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. And now you have a choice—EpiPen® Auto-Injector or its authorized generic
All epinephrine auto-injectors are not the same.
EpiPen® and Mylan’s Authorized Generic for EpiPen® look and function the same. But other epinephrine auto-injectors do not look and function the same as EpiPen and Mylan's Authorized Generic for Epipen. When picking up your prescription at the pharmacy, check to be sure that a different device was not dispensed and that you leave the pharmacy with the auto-injector your healthcare professional prescribed for you: EpiPen®, EpiPen Jr®, or Mylan’s Authorized Generic for EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr®.
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, or their authorized generics, immediately as prescribed and seek emergency medical care.
EpiPen 2-Pak® and EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons, as well as their authorized generics, contain two epinephrine auto-injectors (plus one 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®, EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® and their authorized generics provide a second dose of epinephrine, which 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 epinephrine for a single episode should be administered only under direct medical supervision.Talk to your healthcare professional if you need additional cartons of EpiPen 2-Pak®, EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® or their authorized generics to keep at work, school or other locations to help you have immediate access to two epinephrine auto-injectors in case of a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Every carton of EpiPen 2-Pak®, EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® and their authorized generics includes a Trainer auto-injector.
Knowing how to correctly use your EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector, or their authorized generics, is essential, which is why every carton includes a needle-free, epinephrine-free Trainer.Practice with your Trainer and watch our step-by-step video. Also, make sure that anyone who may need to administer EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector, or their authorized generics, does the same.
More in this section:
- What is an authorized generic?
- Step-by-step instructions and video on how to use your EpiPen® Auto-Injector or its authorized generic
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction
- The most common side effects of EpiPen® Auto-Injector and its authorized generic
- Frequently asked questions about EpiPen® and its authorized generic
*Based on IMS data from 1987-July 2017.