How to Use EpiPen®

How to use EpiPen

How to
use EpiPen®

The EpiPen® Auto-Injector is a disposable, pre-filled automatic injection device that administers epinephrine in the event of a severe allergic reaction.

Remove the EpiPen® Auto-Injector from the carrier tube and follow these two simple steps:

Step 1

Blue to the sky.

  • Grasp with orange tip pointing downward
  • Remove blue safety cap by pulling straight up – do not bend or twist
Step 2

Orange to the thigh.

  • Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh
  • Swing and push the auto-injector firmly into the thigh until it “clicks”
  • Hold firmly in place for three seconds – count slowly, “1, 2, 3”

Call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.

The effects of epinephrine can wear off, or you could have a second reaction.

You will also need professional care to determine whether additional epinephrine, steroids, antihistamines, or other treatments are required.

Using EpiPen® does not replace seeing a doctor or going to the hospital.

If you or your child do not feel better or get worse, you can inject another dose of EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® 5 to 15 minutes after the first injection.

Do not inject more than 2 injections right after each other.

Too much epinephrine can cause dangerously high blood pressure, stroke, or death. Signs of an overdose include:

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Difficulty breathing caused by a build-up of fluid in your lungs

After getting medical help

  • Remember to ask for a new prescription for multiple EpiPen® Auto-Injectors. Don’t leave the hospital without one!
  • Stay close to a hospital or where you can easily call 911 for the next 48 hours.
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