How to Use an EpiPen® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , /

A life-threatening allergic reaction, anaphylaxis— —is unpredictable. It could be mild one minute, then suddenly— It’s scary. Like, you can’t even breathe scary… —or your skin gets all itchy and breaks
out into hives scary— —or your throat starts to tickle and close
scary… It’s different for everybody. Every reaction is different. A mild reaction
one time can be life-threatening the next. So, it’s important to know your body and know
when it starts to feel funny. It could be the warning signs of anaphylaxis. So, it’s also important to know how to use one of these. An EpiPen® Auto-Injector. EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® are for the emergency
treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions… …and for people who are at an increased
risk for these reactions. EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® should only be used
to help someone during an emergency. Ready to show them how it’s done? Yeah! EpiPen Jr®, the one with the green label,
is for kids— Like me! And EpiPen®, with the yellow label—for bigger people, like me. Whether you need to use EpiPen® on yourself or give it to someone else, you can just follow
these simple steps. So, first thing’s first, you take it out of
the tube— Just flip open the yellow cap…
—or the green cap— Slide it out… and hold it like this— Blue to the sky,
Orange to the thigh™. Then, you take off the blue cap… Blue safety release. Never put your hands near the orange tip, because that’s where the needle comes out… The needle is designed to go through clothing, including jeans, because it must be injected into the outer thigh, for quick absorption. And if you’re helping a young child… Like me! …hold their leg firmly in place. Once it is… You just do this— Boom It clicks, so you know it worked. Then you hold it there for 3 seconds… Then, remove EpiPen®… You’ll still see some liquid in there. Don’t worry. Your EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector gave you the right dose. And it has a special feature—the Never-See-Needle®. Yeah. So, the needle is totally covered up. So you should never see the needle. Then, rub the spot for 10 seconds while you or someone else gets emergency medical help right away. Call the ambulance. Or have someone take you to the Emergency Room. Just make sure to do it immediately. And you should always carry two EpiPen® Auto-Injectors, wherever you go. They even come clipped together. Because some people might need the second dose. Take your expired or used EpiPen® Auto-Injectors to your doctor’s office and ask for a refill. Remember, epinephrine is the only first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. Not antihistamines. So, just trust yourself and do it. Don’t hesitate. Especially, if you know the symptoms of a life-threatening allergic reaction and have practiced with the grey Trainer that comes in the box. …Because this is what’s important to people like me… And me!

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