Be prepared. Plan ahead.

Dining out can mean eating at a restaurant, having a meal at a friend’s house or attending a dinner party. Whenever you eat away from home, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

Be careful to avoid your trigger foods...and know their alternative names.

Hidden or surprise ingredients, such as crushed nuts in pie crust or foods cooked in peanut oil, are a common cause of life‑threatening allergic reactions. In addition, some products used by chefs, including sauces and dressings, may list ingredients by alternative names. For example, peanuts may be called "ground nuts," "beer nuts" or "monkey nuts."

Check the menu on a restaurant's website, or give them a call.

Before dining out, read the menu thoroughly. Menus are often available on the restaurant's website. And you can always pick up the phone—this works well if your dish will require special preparation, or if you'd like to know about the ingredients in any daily specials. is also a good resource for finding allergy‑friendly restaurants.

Talk to the wait staff or chef.

It's important to make restaurant employees aware of your food allergy. They may receive little or no training on the severe nature of food allergies. They may not be aware of the need to read and understand ingredient labels, the importance of strict avoidance of certain foods and the danger of cross‑contact during food preparation.

An allergy card can help make things clearer.

Consider carrying an allergy card with your name, your food allergy and specific ingredients to avoid, and share it with your server. While convenient, these cards don’t replace telling the restaurant about your severe allergy. Explain your condition thoroughly before any food is brought to the table, and request that certain ingredients not be used in your food.

Bring your EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors (or the authorized generic) when eating away from home

Even if you are vigilant in avoiding your allergens, anaphylaxis can be unpredictable, so it's essential for you and your loved ones to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Make sure you speak with your healthcare professional about how to identify the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis. If you, your child or someone you're caring for shows signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis, use your EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto‑Injector (or their authorized generics) immediately as prescribed and seek emergency medical care.

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More IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (the following information applies to both Epipen and its Authorized Generic)

Use EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.3 mg or EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine injection, USP) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors right away when you have an allergic emergency (anaphylaxis). Get emergency medical help right away. You may need further medical attention. Only a healthcare professional should give additional doses of epinephrine if you need more than two injections for a single anaphylactic episode. EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® should only be injected into the middle of your outer thigh (upper leg), through clothing if necessary. Do not inject into your veins, buttocks, fingers, toes, hands or feet. Hold the leg of young children firmly in place before and during injection to prevent injuries. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment.

Rarely, patients who have used EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® may develop an infection at the injection site within a few days. Some of these infections can be serious. Call your healthcare professional right away if you have any of the following at an injection site: redness that does not go away, swelling, tenderness, or the area feels warm to the touch.

Tell your healthcare professional about all of your medical conditions, especially if you have asthma, a history of depression, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your healthcare professional all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you use EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr®.

Common side effects include fast, irregular or “pounding” heartbeat, sweating, nausea or vomiting, breathing problems, paleness, dizziness, weakness, shakiness, headache, feelings of over excitement, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly if you lie down and rest. Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Indications (the following information applies to both Epipen and its Authorized Generic)

EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr®  Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® are intended for immediate administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical help right away.

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Please see the full Prescribing Information and Patient Information for the Authorized Generic for EpiPen.

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