EpiPen

Generic Name: Epinephrine

  • What is EpiPen?

    EpiPen is a prefilled automatic injection used in emergency situations for the treatment of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs, and other allergens.

  • What is the most important information I should know about EpiPen?

    EpiPen should be injected into your outer thigh. Never inject EpiPen into your hands, fingers, feet, or toes. Doing so may cause a loss of blood flow and result in tissue damage to these areas. If you accidentally inject EpiPen into any of these areas, seek immediate emergency medical attention.

    Immediately after using this product, go to the nearest hospital emergency room. You may need further medical attention. Tell the doctor that you have received an injection of epinephrine. Show the doctor the thigh where the injection was given. Give your used EpiPen to the doctor for inspection and proper disposal.

  • Who should not take EpiPen?

    There are no absolute reasons why you should not use EpiPen. This drug should be used more cautiously in those who are allergic to any ingredient in EpiPen.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of EpiPen?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with EpiPen. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, angle-closure glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), mental or mood disorders, asthma, depression, an irregular heartbeat, or diabetes. In addition, talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is 0.3 milligrams (mg).

    Children: The usual dose is 0.15 mg or 0.30 mg depending upon the child's body weight.

  • How should I take EpiPen?

    In case of emergency, inject this medication as directed by your doctor. Please read the Medication Guide that came with your prescription.

    Check EpiPen regularly. Replace the injector unit if it contains particles, is discolored, or is cracked or damaged in any way.

    Never put your thumb, fingers, or hand over the black tip of the auto-injector. Do NOT remove the gray activation cap until ready to use.

    Inject EpiPen only into the outer thigh. Do not inject into the buttocks or into a vein.

  • What should I avoid while taking EpiPen?

    Avoid using solutions that are either discolored or cloudy. Do not inject anywhere else except your outer thigh. Never put your thumb, fingers, or hand over the black tip of the auto-injector. Do NOT remove the gray activation cap until ready to use.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with EpiPen?

    If EpiPen is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining EpiPen with any medications.

  • What are the possible side effects of EpiPen?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: sweating, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, dizziness, weakness, tremors, headache, nervousness, anxiety, increased heart rate, palpitations, difficulty sleeping, fearfulness

  • Can I receive EpiPen if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of EpiPen during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of EpiPen?

    EpiPen is only used in emergency situations and is not to be used regularly.

  • How should I store EpiPen?

    Keep the EpiPen nearby and ready for use at all times. Store at room temperature. Protect from light. Do NOT store in refrigerator. Do NOT expose to extreme cold or heat. If your EpiPen expires or is about to expire, discard it and replace it with a new one.

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