October 6, 2021
2 min. read

Watch a Pharmacist Explain How to Use an EpiPen


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EpiPens are potentially life-saving when used appropriately. Watch our video or read below to make sure you know how to use one.

An epinephrine pen is a way to deliver medication quickly and effectively to someone who’s experiencing anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life threatening consequence of an allergic reaction. Symptoms include a skin rash, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and shock.

Because anaphylaxis can be life threatening, it’s very important that someone experiencing symptoms receives treatment as quickly as possible.

The epinephrine present in an auto-injector pen works to reverse the symptoms of what could be a severe acute allergic reaction.

How do I prepare for an EpiPen injection?

Before you use an epinephrine pen, you should check that the blue safety release isn’t raised and that the device isn’t difficult to slide out of its carrying case. Then, proceed with the following steps.

Remove the Auto-Injector pen from the clear carrier tube.

Flip open the yellow cap of your EpiPen® or the green cap of your EpiPen Jr® carrier tube.

Tip and slide the auto-injector out of the carrier tube.

Hold the auto-injector in your fist with the orange tip pointing downward.

With your other hand, remove the blue safety release by pulling straight up without bending or twisting it.

How do I administer an EpiPen injection?

If you are administering to a young child, hold the leg firmly in place while administering an injection.

Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh at a right angle to the thigh.

Swing and push the auto-injector pen firmly until it “clicks.” The click signals that the injection has started.

Hold firmly in place for 3 seconds (count slowly 1, 2, 3).

Remove the auto-injector from the thigh and the orange tip will extend to cover the needle.

If the needle is still visible, do not attempt to reuse it.

Massage the injection area for 10 seconds.

What do I do after the injection?

If symptoms continue or recur, you may need to use a second epinephrine pen. You may need further medical attention after injecting your EpiPen. Call 911 to get help as soon as possible.

Have more questions about how to properly use and administer an EpiPen? Visit Medly.com or the Medly mobile app to speak to a Medly pharmacist.

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