Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

If you are using this medicine at home, make sure you or any of your family members understand exactly how to give them. Also, tell your doctor if you or your caregiver has severe arthritis of the hands. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

This medicine is injected into the muscle of your outer thigh only. Do not inject this medicine into a vein or into the muscle of your buttocks. To do so, may increase the chance of having serious side effects.

This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

This medicine comes in an autoinjector syringe and needle kit that contains the correct dose of medicine your doctor has prescribed.

This medicine comes with an EpiPen® autoinjector trainer and a separate trainer instructions for use. Be sure to practice first with your autoinjector trainer before an allergy emergency happens to make sure you are ready to use the real EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® autoinjector in an actual emergency. The EpiPen® autoinjector trainer has a grey color and does not contain any medicine or needle.

Do not remove the blue safety release on the autoinjector until you are ready to use it.

You may need to use more than one injection if your allergic reaction does not get better after the first shot.

Carry this medicine with you at all times for emergency use in case you have a severe allergic reaction.

Check the injection kits regularly to make sure that the liquid has not changed its color. Do not use this medicine if the liquid has changed its color, or if there are solids in the liquid.

Do not reuse the remaining portion of the medicine that is left in the autoinjector. Throw away the autoinjector after you have used it.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • For allergic reactions:
      • Adults and children weighing more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds)—0.3 milligram (mg) injected under the skin or into the muscle of your thigh.
      • Adults and children weighing 15 to 30 kilograms (33 to 66 pounds)—0.15 mg injected under the skin or into the muscle of your thigh.
      • Children weighing less than 15 kg—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Store the injection kits at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not store the medicine in the refrigerator or freezer, or into your vehicle's glove box.

Keep the autoinjector in its case or carrier tube to protect from damage. However, this tube is not waterproof. If you accidentally drop it, check for damage or leakage.