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Generic Name: epinephrine injection

Medically reviewed: April 10, 2018

Read this Patient Information Leaflet before you have to use Auvi-Q and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. You should know how to use Auvi-Q before you have an allergic emergency. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about this medicine?

  1. Always carry Auvi-Q with you because you may not know when a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction) may happen. Talk to your doctor if you need additional units to keep at work, school, etc. An anaphylactic reaction is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can happen within minutes and can be caused by stinging and biting insects (bees, wasps, hornets, and mosquitoes), allergy shots, foods, medicines, exercise, or other unknown causes. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions on when to use Auvi-Q if you have the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction, which may include the symptoms listed below:
    • trouble breathing
    • wheezing
    • hoarseness (changes in the way your voice sounds)
    • hives (raised reddened rash that may itch)
    • severe itching
    • swelling of your face, lips, mouth or tongue
    • skin rash, redness, or swelling
    • fast heartbeat
    • weak pulse
    • feeling very anxious
    • confusion
    • stomach pain
    • losing control of urine or bowel movements
    • dizziness or fainting
  2. Tell your family members and others where you keep Auvi-Q and how to use it before you need it. You may be unable to speak in an allergic emergency.
  3. Get medical attention immediately after using Auvi-Q. If you have a serious allergic reaction, you may need more medicine.

What is Auvi-Q?

Auvi-Q is a prescription medicine used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions including anaphylaxis in people who are at risk for or have a history of serious allergic reactions.Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. You should get emergency medical help right away after using this medicine.

It is not known if epinephrine injection is safe and effective in children who weigh less than 33 pounds (15 kg).

Before using this medicine

Before you use Auvi-Q, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have heart problems or high blood pressure
  • have diabetes
  • have thyroid problems
  • have history of depression
  • have Parkinson’s disease
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Auvi-Q will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if epinephrine injection passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Auvi-Q and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects. Auvi-Q may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how this medicine works.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I use Auvi-Q?

  • Each Auvi-Q contains only one dose of medicine.
  • Auvi-Q should only be injected into the muscle of your outer thigh. It can be injected through your clothing, if needed
  • Read the Instructions for Use included with Auvi-Q for information about the right way to use this medicine.
  • Use this medicine exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • An Auvi-Q Trainer with a separate Trainer Instructions for Use leaflet is included in the packaging.
    • Practice with the Trainer before an allergic emergency happens to make sure you are able to safely use the real Auvi-Q in an emergency.
    • The Auvi-Q Trainer does not contain a needle or medicine and can be reused to practice your injection.

Auvi-Q side effects

Auvi-Q may cause serious side effects.

  • Auvi-Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. Do not inject into your:
    • veins
    • buttocks
    • fingers, toes, hands or feet

If you accidentally inject Auvi-Q into any other part of your body, go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Tell the healthcare provider where on your body you received the accidental injection.

  • If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have more or longer lasting side effects when you use this medicine. Talk to your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions.

Common side effects of Auvi-Q include:

  • fast, irregular, or ‘pounding’ heart beat,/li>
  • sweating
  • shakiness
  • headache
  • paleness
  • feelings of over excitement, nervousness, or anxiety
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • breathing problems

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all of the possible side effects of Auvi-Q. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

How should I store Auvi-Q?

  • Store at 68° to 77°F (20° to 25°C).
  • Do NOT expose to extreme heat or cold. For example, do NOT store in your vehicle’s glove box. Do not store in the refrigerator or freeze.
  • Examine contents in the viewing window periodically. Solution should be clear. If the solution is discolored (pinkish color or darker than slightly yellow), cloudy or contains solid particles, replace the unit.
  • Your Auvi-Q has an expiration date. Replace it before the expiration date.
  • Keep Auvi-Q in the outer case it comes in to protect it from light.

Keep this medicine and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information Leaflet. Do not use Auvi-Q for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give this medicine to other people, even if they have an allergic reaction or the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Patient Information Leaflet summarizes the most important information about Auvi-Q. If you would like more information, talk to your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Auvi-Q that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in Auvi-Q?

Active ingredient: epinephrine.

Inactive Ingredients: sodium chloride, sodium bisulfite, hydrochloric acid, and water.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.