Your healthcare provider has prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector for you because you have experienced a serious allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, or you have been identified as at-risk. The epinephrine auto-injector is used for emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic symptoms. Although it can help save patients’ lives, use of an epinephrine auto-injector must be followed by emergency medical care.
Q. What are some of the allergic reactions that can cause anaphylaxis and require the use of epinephrine auto-injector?
A. Allergic reactions can be caused by stinging and biting insects (bugs), allergy injections, food, medicines, exercise, or unknown causes. Epinephrine auto-injector is an emergency injection (“shot”) of epinephrine. It is a medicine used for life-threatening allergic reactions such as severe swelling, breathing problems, or loss of blood pressure.
Q. How do I know when my epinephrine auto-injector expires?
A. You should check the expiration date often and obtain another auto-injector before it expires. The expiration date can be found in two places: on the auto-injector itself and on the side panel of the package in which your auto-injector came. Please refer to the training video to see the exact location.
Q. Does the epinephrine auto-injector deliver the same medicine as other epinephrine auto-injectors?
A. Yes. All epinephrine auto-injectors use the same medicine, called epinephrine. It is important to note that some devices may have unique features. It is essential that you become familiar with the features on your device so you are prepared in an emergency. Please refer to the training video to become familiar with how to inject the epinephrine auto-injector.
Q. Is the epinephrine auto-injector a substitute or authorized generic for other “branded” epinephrine auto-injectors?
A. Lineage Therapeutics’ epinephrine auto-injector is an authorized generic for Adrenaclick®. As to substitution, drug and generic drug substitution regulations are overseen by individual states. Since each state has its own laws and rules governing drug substitution, you should discuss the issue of substitution of an epinephrine auto-injector with your pharmacist and physician.
Q. Can I reuse my epinephrine auto-injector?
A. No, epinephrine auto-injector is only designed for a one-time use.
Q. Can I travel with my epinephrine auto-injector?
A. Yes, in fact, it is recommended that you always keep your auto-injector with you. Whenever traveling with your auto-injector, ensure that you follow the proper storage instructions. If you will be traveling by plane, it is suggested that you carry the epinephrine auto-injector in the original packaging and bring a letter from your physician that confirms your need to carry the auto-injector.
Q. After I used my auto-injector, I still see medicine remaining in my epinephrine auto-injector. Did I get my dose?
A. Yes, if the needle is exposed, you received your dose. The remaining liquid that is left after this fixed dose cannot be further administered and should be discarded. Promptly seek medical attention and give your device to a healthcare provider for proper disposal.
Q. Why is the epinephrine auto-injector available in two dosage strengths?
A. Selection of the appropriate dosage strength is determined according to a patient’s body weight. Each epinephrine auto-injector can deliver one dose of epinephrine in either 0.15 mg or 0.3 mg. The 0.15 mg dose is for patients who weigh approximately 33-66 pounds (15-30 kilograms). The 0.3 mg dose is for patients who weigh approximately 66 pounds or greater (30 kilograms or greater). Your doctor will carefully consider the dose that is right for you.
Q. Who is at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction?
A. Anyone can experience a severe allergic reaction including anaphylaxis at any time. However, some people have risk factors that make them vulnerable to such a reaction. Consult your healthcare provider to see if you could be at risk for a severe allergic reaction, and if you should have a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector.
Q. Should my child keep an epinephrine auto-injector at school?
A. Yes, your child, as well as appropriate school personnel (such as a nurse), should have access to an epinephrine auto-injector while at school. School personnel should always be informed of your child’s health status, history of allergic reaction and any specific triggers. School procedures vary, so be sure to understand the requirements for accessing your child’s epinephrine auto-injector at school. It is important that you understand the school’s policy with regard to the supply, storage, and expiration tracking. It is important that the epinephrine auto-injector is readily available in an emergency.
Q. Are trainer devices available for this product?
A. Yes. Training devices are available and free. You may order a trainer three different ways:
Q. What if I accidentally inject myself?
A. If you accidentally inject yourself, seek immediate medical attention.
Q. Where should I inject epinephrine auto-injector?
A. Epinephrine auto-injector should be injected into the middle of the outer side of your thigh (upper leg). It can go through clothes. Never inject into the buttock. Please see the training video for complete instructions.
Q. Where should I keep my epinephrine auto-injector?
A. It is recommended that you keep your epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times. However, be mindful that the auto-injector should be kept at room temperature (68°-77°F). There may be brief excursions to 59°-86°F. Do not refrigerate or freeze your auto-injector. Avoid extreme heat. For example, do not keep your auto-injector in your car.
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