The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Epi E-Z Pen, Epipen
Epinephrine acts quickly to improve breathing, stimulate the heart and reverse hives and swelling around the face and lips. This medication is used in emergencies to treat potentially dangerous allergic reactions to insect stings or bites, foods, drugs or other substances.
How To Use
This medication is given by injection. It is designed to be self-administered. To use, remove the safety cap. Hold the device with the black tip against the thigh and apply moderate pressure for several seconds. This will release a spring activated plunger which pushes a concealed needle into the outer part thigh to deliver the medication. Discard the unit properly. The effects of this medication should be felt within seconds. Administer through the clothing if necessary. Seek further medical help immediately. Try to keep warm and avoid exertion. Tell the health care professional you have given yourself an injection of epinephrine. Administer to the thigh area only. Avoid use near a vein or the buttocks.
You may feel slight nervousness and an increased heart rate soon after the injection. A pounding heartbeat, sweating, nausea, vomiting, breathing trouble, headache, dizziness and anxiety may also occur. The effects of this medication begin to wear off after 10 to 20 minutes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have: heart conditions, thyroid disease, diabetes, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or if breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: antidepressants. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include fast or irregular heartbeat.
Patients with severe allergies must be clearly instructed how and when to use this medication. Review the indications and administration procedures carefully with your doctor. Also teach a family member and close friend what to do in the event of an emergency.
Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and sunlight. Do not refrigerate. Avoid storing this in the glove compartment or trunk of your car in the summer. If the solution is not clear or turns brown, replace the unit. Check the expiration date periodically and replace the unit before it expires.