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150mcg Adrenaline/epinephrine pen Auto Injector
Epipen Junior 150mcg/0.15mL Auto Injector is for children weighing 15kg-30kg.
The EpiPen® Adrenaline Auto–Injector is only to be used for the immediate EMERGENCY TREATMENT of a SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION (also known as ANAPHYLAXIS). Your doctor or pharmacist will explain what this is like, so that you know when you must use EpiPen® Junior Adrenaline Auto-Injector. EpiPen® Junior Adrenaline Auto-Injector is used to treat people who have a severe allergic reaction caused by, for example, hypersensitivity to;
· stinging insects
· latex or
· other allergens, possibly unidentified.
Do not inject into hands, feet, ears, nose, buttocks, genital area or into a blood vessel.
If this does happen accidentally you must immediately seek medical attention.
As this medicine is classified as a "Pharmacist Only" medicine, you are required to fill in some details about your condition. This will enable the pharmacist to ensure this medicine is appropriate for you. We will be in contact with you if we require further information.
This website does not contain all the information available on this medicine. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Always read the label carefully and use strictly as directed.
If you have any questions about using this medicine please feel free to ask us.
EpiPen Junior is a disposable, single-use injection device used to deliver epinephrine in cases of severe anaphylaxis (allergic reaction).
This product is designed for use in patients weighing 15 to 30 kilograms (33 to 66 pounds). For patients weighing over 30 kilograms (66 pounds) EpiPen Adult, which delivers a higher dose of epinephrine, will be more effective. Safety and effectiveness of EpiPen Junior has not been studied in patients under 15 kilograms (33 pounds).
Stopping Anaphylaxis when Every Second Counts
Exposure to allergens is a serious threat for children who suffer anaphylactic reactions. Preventing exposure is difficult at best, and symptoms can become life-threatening very quickly if untreated. Swift administration of EpiPen buys the precious minutes needed to get emergency medical attention.
Each EpiPen Junior delivers 15 mg (150 mcg) of epinephrine via a spring-loaded needle, activated when the device is pressed firmly against the upper thigh. Epinephrine is the quickest way to reduce anaphylactic symptoms, even in a hospital setting. In an otherwise healthy child, the medication is unlikely to cause any serious or long-lasting side effects.
Note that while in many cases administration of epinephrine will eliminate symptoms entirely, the medication wears off quickly; usually after about 20 minutes. As the effects dissipate, symptoms may return. It's important to always seek medical attention as fast as possible after an anaphylactic reaction, even when symptoms appear to be gone.
Using EpiPen Junior
EpiPen Junior is designed to be used quickly and can safely be administered through clothing. Simply pull the safety release out of the top of the device and press the tip firmly against the upper thigh. A clicking sound indicates the needle has deployed. Hold the pen in place for 10 seconds, and massage the injection site for another 10 seconds after the pen is removed.
If symptoms do not improve after 5 minutes, a second dose should be given. Each EpiPen is designed for a single use and will not function after the needle has been deployed, so additional doses must be given from unused pens.
EpiPen Junior should only be administered to the upper thigh. Doing so in other locations may significantly reduce effectiveness and/or may cause damage to tissue around the injection site.
It is advisable for both patients and caregivers to familiarize themselves with the device prior to an emergency situation, when thinking clearly may be difficult.
In a pinch, when gentler treatments are unavailable, EpiPens can be used to stop a severe asthma attack.
Maintaining Supplies & Other Considerations
Because a second dose is sometimes needed to control a reaction, EpiPens should always be kept in groups of at least two. If possible, multiple supplies of two EpiPens should be kept in various locations the child frequents; in the car, at school, at a relative's house, and so forth, to ensure there will always be fast access to treatment.
Keeping EpiPens in some locations, such as in vehicles, has its drawbacks. Exposure to extreme heat or cold may reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Likewise the medication will eventually expire, which also reduces effectiveness. Ideally supplies will be periodically checked (expiration dates can be found on the side of the pen) and replaced as needed, but if nothing else is available the medication can still be used; a weakened dose is still better than no dose.
A problem many parents encounter is that school personnel are untrained in both recognizing anaphylactic symptoms and administering EpiPens -- don't be afraid to ask. It is also advisable to double-check that the medication will be brought along on any field trips.