EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen Jr)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Is epinephrine auto-injector safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Use of epinephrine has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women. Use of epinephrine in animal studies was associated with birth defects. Epinephrine should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
  • It is not known if epinephrine is excreted in breast milk. Since many drugs are excreted in human milk and have the potential of causing harm to the nursing infant, caution should be used when epinephrine is administered to a nursing mother.

What else should I know about epinephrine auto-injector?

What preparations of epinephrine auto-injector are available?

Autoinjector: 0.15 mg/0.3 ml, 0.3 mg/0.3 ml

How should I keep epinephrine auto-injector stored?

  • EpiPen should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
  • It shouldn't be refrigerated.
  • Epinephrine is light sensitive and should be stored in the carrier tube provided to protect it from light.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/26/2016

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