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:
Blue to the sky.
- Grasp with orange tip pointing downward
- Remove blue safety cap by pulling straight up – do not bend or twist
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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