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
- Weak pulse
- Passing out
- Itching throat
- Throat tightness/closure