Summary: Epinephrine Injection: The quick, easy-to-use shot that could save lives.
What Is Epinephrine?
It treats severe or life-threatening allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can occur after exposure to allergens such as:
- Food (like milk, eggs, shellfish and peanuts)
- Insect stings
When to Use an Epinephrine Injection
During severe allergic symptoms including:
- Difficulty swallowing or drooling because you can't swallow
- Difficulty breathing, chest pains or tightness
- Persistent vomiting
- Persistent diarrhea
How to Use an Epinephrine Injector*
- Grip the epinephrine pen firmly and remove safety cap.
- Swing and push the pen into the middle of the outer thigh at a 90° angle.
- Keep the pen pressed firmly against the thigh for 10 seconds.
- Remove the pen and massage the injection area.
*Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific injector you are using.
- Get emergency medical help right away
- Make sure a second injection is nearby; if symptoms continue or come back within 10-15 minutes, you may need another dose
- Take (or give your child) an antihistamine
Types of Epinephrine
Common brands include:
- EpiPen® Auto-Injector
- EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector
- Adrenaclick® Auto-Injector
- Auvi-Q™ Auto-Injector
- Carry your epinephrine with you at all times
- Carry an extra does for severe reactions
- You can inject through your clothing
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