When to use EpiPen®

When to use EpiPen®

The drug in EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors (and their authorized generics) is epinephrine. It’s important to administer epinephrine at the first signs of anaphylaxis.

According to National Food Allergy Guidelines, epinephrine is the first-line treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions. A delay in administering epinephrine can be life-threatening.

If you, your child or someone you’re caring for shows signs or symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction, administer EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector immediately as prescribed and seek emergency medical care.

Know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis is the medical term for a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within minutes after exposure to an allergen. Here are some of the symptoms to look for:

  • Itching mouth
  • Swelling of lips and/or tongue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Weak pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Passing out
  • Shock
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching throat
  • Throat tightness/closure
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps

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