Generic name: epinephrine
Dosage form: injection
This dosage information does not include all the information needed to use EpiPen safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for EpiPen.
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EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector prescribers should ensure that the patient or caregiver understands the indications and use of this product. A health care provider should review the patient instructions and operation of the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector, in detail, with the patient or caregiver. Inject EpiPen or EpiPen Jr intramuscularly or subcutaneously into the anterolateral aspect of the thigh, through clothing if necessary. See detailed Directions for Use on the accompanying Patient Instructions.
Selection of the appropriate dosage strength is determined according to patient body weight.
EpiPen Auto-Injector delivers 0.3 mg epinephrine injection (0.3 mL, 1:1000) and is intended for patients who weigh 30 kg or more (approximately 66 pounds or more).
EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector delivers 0.15 mg epinephrine injection (0.3 mL, 1:2000) and is intended for patients who weigh 15 to 30 kg (33 – 66 pounds).
Each EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector contains a single dose of epinephrine. Since the doses of epinephrine delivered from EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector are fixed, consider using other forms of injectable epinephrine if doses lower than 0.15 mg are deemed necessary. The prescriber should carefully assess each patient to determine the most appropriate dose of epinephrine, recognizing the life-threatening nature of the reactions for which this drug is indicated. With severe persistent anaphylaxis, repeat injections with an additional EpiPen Auto-Injector may be necessary.
Patients should be instructed to periodically visually inspect the epinephrine solution for particulate matter and discoloration. If the solution contains particulate matter or develops a pinkish or brown color, the patient should immediately contact their physician for a replacement, since these changes indicate that the effectiveness of the drug product may be decreased.