Epinephrine

generic for Adrenalin

What is Epinephrine?

Common Brand(s): Auvi-Q, Epipen, Twinject

This medication is used in emergencies to treat very serious allergic reactions to insect stings/bites, foods, drugs, or other substances. Epinephrine acts quickly to improve breathing, stimulate the heart, raise a dropping blood pressure, reverse hives, and reduce swelling of the face, lips, and throat.

Uses

  • anaphylaxis

Usage Instructions

Keep this product near you at all times. (See also Storage section).

Different brands of this medication have different directions for preparing and using the injector. Learn how to properly inject this medication in advance so you will be prepared when you actually need to use it. Also teach a family member or caregiver what to do if you cannot inject the medication yourself. For infants and children, make sure to hold their leg in place before and during the injection of the medication to prevent injuries from occurring. Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you have to use epinephrine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

The effects of this medication are rapid but not long-lasting. After injecting epinephrine, get medical help right away. Tell the healthcare professional that you have given yourself an injection of epinephrine. Avoid injecting this medication into your hands, feet, buttocks, or areas of your body other than the thigh. If this occurs, tell the healthcare professional right away. Discard the injector properly.

The solution in this product should be clear. Check this product visually for particles or discoloration from time to time. If it has turned cloudy or pink/brown in color, do not use the product. Obtain a new supply.

Also, check that the product comes out of its carrying case easily before you have an emergency. If it does not, consult your pharmacist.

Storage

Store this product in the carrying case/original packaging at room temperature away from light and moisture. Avoid extreme heat and cold. Do not store this medication in your vehicle or in the bathroom. Do not refrigerate or freeze.

From time to time, check the expiration date, and also check this product visually for particles or discoloration. Replace the unit before it expires or if particles/discoloration are present. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this medication when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.