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Medication Detail

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Medication Type

Quick Relief, not recommended for everyday use

Generic Names

Epinephrine

Brand Names

Adrenalin®, EpiPen Jr® 2-Pak, Epipen® 2-Pak, Auvi-Q, Symjepi®

Description

This medication comes in various forms and is used for quick relief from asthma attacks. It works by causing muscles around the airways to relax, opening them for easier breathing.

Delivery

Injection pen, injection solution, inhaled nebulization solution

Dosage

Nebulization: Follow instructions on your prescription.

Injection: Inject into thigh according to package instructions. Learn how to inject the pen before you need it.

Proper Use

  • See instructions for proper use. Learn how to use this medication before you need it.
  • Used to provide rapid relief of allergic reactions to drugs and other allergens.
  • Do not use if solution appears pink or brown in color, is cloudy, or contains particles.

View video on How to Use an EpiPen® (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector

View video on How to Use Auvi-Q

Precautions

Talk with your doctor if you have heart disease, thyroid disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. This medication may temporarily increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Pregnant women should talk with their doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

Common Interactions

This medication may interact with your other medications. Some of the medications it interacts with are antihistamines (diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine), nitrates, propranolol and other beta-blockers, entacapone, tolcapone, levothyroxine, linezolid, and methyldopa.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your medications and health problems so they can check for any interactions.

Possible Side Effects

Possible side effects include racing or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, headache, sweating, nausea, and vomiting.

Seek medical attention if this medication is not effective in relieving your asthma symptoms.

Seek medical attention after using the injection form for a severe asthma attach.

Proper Storage

  • Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
  • Protect from heat, light, and water.
  • Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Store in light-resistant containers.
  • Check the expiration date and replace before this medication expires.


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