When to Use Your EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector
Anaphylaxis is unpredictable. A mild reaction one time can be life-threatening the next. Talk to your doctor about how to identify the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Recognize some of the symptoms that might occur
If you, your child or someone you're caring for shows signs or symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), inject the health care professional-prescribed EpiPen or EpiPen Jr immediately and seek emergency medical attention.
Don’t be afraid to use the EpiPen Auto-Injector during anaphylaxis. Using it at the start of such a life-threatening allergic reaction can help treat the symptoms. Remember, the EpiPen Auto-Injector is not a substitute for emergency medical treatment.
There are no absolute contraindications to using EpiPen Auto-Injectors for anaphylaxis. People with certain medical conditions have a higher chance of having serious side effects from the EpiPen Auto-Injector. The EpiPen Auto-Injector should be used with caution if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions or diabetes, or if you are pregnant or take medicines that can cause heart-related symptoms. These conditions should be discussed with your health care professional.