Dining Out

Dining Out

Because life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) can be triggered by food items served in restaurants, it’s important to plan ahead before dining out.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Know the Alternate Names for Your Trigger Foods and Avoid Them

Hidden or surprise ingredients are a common cause of allergic food reactions, such as crushed nuts in pie crust or foods cooked in peanut oil. In addition, some products used by chefs, including sauces and dressings, may list ingredients by alternate names. For example, peanuts may be called ground nuts, beer nuts or monkey nuts.It’s essential that you’re familiar with all the names of any food that causes your severe allergic reaction. Food Allergy Research & Education and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology provide accurate, up-to-date information on specific foods that can cause a severe allergic reaction.

Check the Menu or Website in Advance — or Call

Reading the restaurant’s menu thoroughly, or checking its website in advance, will make communicating with your server, or the chef, easier and quicker. You can always pick up the phone — this works well if your dish will require special preparation.

Talk to the Wait Staff or Chef

Restaurant employees generally receive little or no training on the severe nature of food allergies. They’re often unaware of the need to read and understand ingredient labels, the importance of strict avoidance of certain foods and the necessity of avoiding cross-contact during food preparation.Therefore, it’s important to make them aware of your food allergy. One way is to hand them an allergy card with your name, your food allergy and specific ingredients to avoid.While convenient, these cards don’t replace telling the restaurant about your allergy. Explain your condition thoroughly — before any food is brought to the table — and request that certain ingredients not be used in your food. If the server doesn’t seem to understand the severity of your allergies, ask to speak to the chef or manager. And if you still feel like the restaurant staff doesn’t understand the risk, you might want to eat somewhere else.

Be Sure to Have Your EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors With You When Dining Out

Even if you are vigilant in avoiding your allergens, life-threatening allergic emergency (anaphylaxis) can happen anywhere and at any time, so it’s essential for you and your loved ones to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Make sure you speak with your health care professional about how to identify the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening allergic emergency (anaphylaxis).  If you, your child or someone you're caring for shows signs or symptoms of a life-threatening allergic emergency (anaphylaxis), inject the health care professional-prescribed EpiPen or EpiPen Jr immediately and seek emergency medical attention.

Important Safety Information

EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors contain a single dose of epinephrine, which you inject into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO YOUR VEIN, BUTTOCK, FINGERS, TOES, HANDS OR FEET. In case of accidental injection, please seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Tell your doctor if you have certain medical conditions such as asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Be sure to also tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have longer lasting side effects when you take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto Injector.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your health care professional to see if EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector is right for you.


EpiPen® (epinephrine) 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr® (epinephrine) 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors are for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise, or unknown triggers; and for people who are at increased risk for these reactions. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are intended for immediate self administration as emergency supportive therapy only. Seek immediate emergency medical treatment after use.

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