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- What is epinephrine injection Auvi-Q, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
- Is epinephrine injection Auvi-Q available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
- What are the side effects of epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
- What is the dosage for epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
- Is epinephrine injection Auvi-Q safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
What is epinephrine injection Auvi-Q, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Auvi-Q is an auto-injectable epinephrine-containing device used for self-administration during life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Auvi-Q is an epinephrine auto-injector that talks the user step by step through the injection process. Epinephrine, the medicine contained in Auvi-Q, is an excitatory chemical naturally made by our bodies. Epinephrine stimulates alpha and beta adrenergic receptors found throughout the body. When injected during an allergic reaction, epinephrine works in multiple ways to treat the many signs of anaphylaxis. It causes blood vessels to constrict or tighten which helps to increase blood pressure and decrease swelling. Epinephrine also stimulates the heart muscle, causing the heart to beat faster and pump more blood to the vital organs. Epinephrine helps patient's breathe better by relaxing the muscles in the lungs and allowing the airways to open up. Additionally, it also helps to prevent further release of inflammatory chemicals that were triggered by the initial allergic reaction.
Auvi-Q was approved by the FDA in 2012.
What brand names are available for epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
Is epinephrine injection Auvi-Q available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Although auto-injectable epinephrine is available in generic forms, a generic version of Auvi-Q device is currently not available.
Do I need a prescription for epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
What are the side effects of epinephrine injection Auvi-Q?
The most common side effects of Auvi-Q include:
- fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat;
- vomiting; and
- breathing problems.
Auvi-Q is intended for administration in the muscle or fat tissues in the outer thigh only. Injecting Auvi-Q in other areas of the body including the buttocks, hands, or feet may not provide effective treatment of anaphylaxis and may even cause side effects.
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