Storing and Carrying Your EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector
Filling your EpiPen prescription is an important step in being prepared for a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Here are some important things to remember:
- Both EpiPen and EpiPen Jr come in a 2-Pak®. Consider carrying both of your EpiPen Auto-Injectors with you at all times.
- Always keep your EpiPen Auto-Injector in the carrier tube with the blue safety release on, until you need to use it.
- Consider keeping EpiPen Auto-Injectors in multiple locations, such as your own home, your purse or bag, a frequently visited friend’s or relative’s home, etc.
- Pay attention to the expiration date on the side of your EpiPen Auto-Injector and replace it before it expires. You can sign up for a free expiration date reminder right here.
- Do not store EpiPen Auto-Injector in the refrigerator.
- Do not store EpiPen Auto-Injector where it may be exposed to extreme cold or heat, such as in your car’s glove box.
The EpiPen Auto-Injector is not reusable. Even though you might see most of the liquid inside your EpiPen Auto-Injector after use, you have received the right dose and it cannot be used again. You should take your EpiPen Auto-Injector everywhere you go, but it should be kept at room temperature (25°C, 77°F) until the marked expiration date, when it should be replaced.
The effectiveness of this drug may decrease after the expiration date; therefore, care should be taken to promptly refill the prescription before the expiration date. Your EpiPen Auto-Injector should not be refrigerated or exposed to extreme heat or light.
Talk to your health care professional if you need additional EpiPen Auto-Injector 2-Paks to keep at work, school or other locations.