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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