To see how to use your Adrenaline Auto-injector see Anaphylaxis Treatment page.
USE ADRENALINE AUTO-INJECTOR IF ANAPHYLAXIS SYMPTOMS PRESENT, INJECT IN UPPER OUTER SIDE OF THIGH IMMEDIATELY DO NOT WAIT FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO ARRIVE. CALL 999
Adrenaline acts quickly, it opens airways, reduces swelling, and raise blood pressure. You must use as soon as any severe allergic signs appear, prompt treatment can reverse the symptoms easier.
- Ask your consultant, doctor, pharmacy, or medical trained personnel, to train you how to use your adrenaline auto-injector (AAI).
- Be familiar with your AAI, order a free trainer pen. (Links below)
- Teach your child how to use pen, practice how to use it, by using a trainer device every three to four months.
- Teach the people around you how to use an AAI.
- Have an action plan with your AAI.
- Wear Medical ID.
- Always carry your AAI with you.
- If giving your child’s AAI to a responsible adult, make sure your child knows who that is.
- Adrenaline is also known as epinephrine, which is its international name.
- Sign up with the manufacturer, to get expiry date alerts. (links below)
- Always have 2 AAI, with you in case first one does not work, or Biphasic anaphylaxis occurs. (A second reaction 1 hour to 72 hours after the first attack.)
- Schools can order AAI themselves for school time, but check with school what is the expiry date, in case gets overlooked.
- As your child grows, they will need a different dosage of AAI. Check with your consultant/doctor when this is needed.
- Have your doctor put your adrenaline auto-injector on repeat prescription, so it does not have to reviewed by a doctor every time you order one.
- Disposal of used or expired AAI, return to any pharmacy.
- It may prove prudent to obtain trainer pens from each manufacturer, in case if you are supplied a different brand because of shortages.
- AAI can lose its effectiveness when stored in extreme heat or cold. Store in a dark place at room temperature, between 15°C and 25°C. If the temperature fluctuates below 15°C or above 25°C, It might be worth buying an insulated bag to store the AAIs in
- Do not expose your AAI to sunlight or direct light. Often check the colour the adrenaline in your AAI. The colour should be transparent, if the colour is brown then the AAI needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
- Shelf life 18-24 months, but please note you may be supplied shorter expiry dates, e.g., 12 months.
- Keep away from small children.
- AAI should not be reused, contact your GP to replace as soon as possible.
- When traveling. see travel page for guide.
- If someone accidentally injects the adrenaline into their hands or fingers, seek medical attention immediately.
- If a second dose of adrenaline is needed use opposite thigh to the 1st administered thigh.
Adrenaline available in
- Emerade 150 micrograms: delivers 150 micrograms of adrenaline.
- Emerade 300 micrograms: delivers 300 micrograms of adrenaline.
- Emerade 500 micrograms: delivers 500 micrograms of adrenaline.
- EpiPen Auto-injector 0.3 mg (yellow label): delivers 300 micrograms of adrenaline.
- EpiPen Jr Auto-injector 0.15 mg (white label with yellow stripe): delivers 150 micrograms of adrenaline.
- Jext 300 micrograms: delivers 300 micrograms of adrenaline.
- Jext 150 micrograms: delivers 150 micrograms of adrenaline.
Possible side effects of AAI include: If any of these symptoms appear after being discharged from hospital or any other symptoms, contact your GP.
- upset stomach,
- pale skin,
- tremors, and
- shaking hands
How to use your Jext®
How to use your EpiPen®
Anapen (Ireland only)
Guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors in schools UK GOV
Jext pen Jext
Adrenaline auto-injectors: updated advice after European review Gov UK
These lists are guidance only, and not fully extensive, people are advised that it is the responsibility of the individual when using this information.
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