First and foremost: Avoid your allergens.
It may seem like common sense, though it’s worth repeating: The first step in managing life‑threatening allergies is to always avoid your allergens.
LIFE HAPPENS. Be Prepared.®
Being prepared means having a plan to:
- Avoid known allergens
- Know what symptoms to watch for
- Use an EPIPEN® Auto-Injector if a life-threatening (severe) allergic reaction occurs
- Get emergency medical help right away
Knowledge and practice can help you be prepared.
Don't wait until an emergency to learn how to use your EPIPEN Auto-Injector or its authorized generic. Watch the video below for the correct technique. Practice with your auto-injector Trainer. And make sure everyone who may need to use EPIPEN Auto-Injector or its authorized generic for you or your child or children with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies does the same.
Make most of EPIPEN by watching our step-by-step video showing how to use the device properly.
How to Use an EPIPEN (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector Video
A life-threatening allergic reaction, anaphylaxis—
—is unpredictable. It could be mild one minute, then suddenly—
It’s scary. Like, you can’t even breathe scary…
—or your skin gets all itchy and breaks out into hives scary—
—or your throat starts to tickle and close scary... It’s different for everybody.
Every reaction is different. A mild reaction one time can be life-threatening the next. So, it’s important to know your body and know when it starts to feel funny. It could be the warning signs of anaphylaxis.
So, it’s also important to know how to use one of these.
…An EPIPEN Auto-Injector.
EPIPEN and EPIPEN JR are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions…
…and for people who are at an increased risk for these reactions.
EPIPEN and EPIPEN JR should only be used to help someone during an emergency.
Ready to show them how it’s done?
EPIPEN JR, the one with the green label, is for kids—
And EPIPEN, with the yellow label—for bigger people, like me.
Whether you need to use EPIPEN on yourself or give it to someone else, you can just follow these simple steps.
Just flip open the yellow cap…
MOM: —or the green cap—
Slide it out… and hold it like this—
Blue to the sky…
Orange to the thigh.
Then, you take off the blue cap…
Blue safety release.
Never put your hands near the orange tip, because that’s where the needle comes out…
The needle is designed to go through clothing, including jeans, because it must be injected into the outer thigh, for quick absorption. And if you’re helping a young child...
: Like me!
..hold their leg firmly in place. Once it is…
You just do this—
It clicks, so you know it worked. Then you hold it there for 3 seconds…
Then, remove EPIPEN…
You’ll still see some liquid in there. Don’t worry. Your EPIPEN JR Auto-Injector gave you the right dose. And it has a special feature—the NEVER-SEE-NEEDLE®
Yeah. So, the needle is totally covered up.
So you should never see the needle.
Then, rub the spot for 10 seconds while you or someone else gets emergency medical help right away.
Call the ambulance.
Or have someone take you to the Emergency Room.
Just make sure to do it immediately.
And you should always carry two EPIPEN
Auto-Injectors, wherever you go. They even come clipped together.
Because some people might need the second dose.
Remember, epinephrine is the only first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. Not antihistamines.
So, just trust yourself and do it. Don’t hesitate. Especially, if you know the symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction and have practiced with the grey Trainer that comes in the box.
…Because this is what’s important to people like me…
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Read this important information about EPIPEN and EPIPEN JR Auto-Injectors. If you have any questions about EPIPEN and EPIPEN JR Auto-Injectors, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare professional.
Click here to download a PDF with step by step instructions for administering EPIPEN and EPIPEN JR.