How to Use an Epinephrine Auto-Injector

If you or a loved one has had a severe allergic reaction in the past, your physician may ask you to carry an epinephrine auto-injector, such as EpiPen. Before you end up in an emergency situation, you'll need to know how it works.

You will need

  • Symptoms
  • Epinephrine auto-injector
  • Medical attention

Step 1 Confirm symptoms Look for signs that the victim is suffering from anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing. You may also notice hives, swelling, watery eyes, dizziness, and other symptoms of distress.

Step 2 Read instructions Read the instructions on the side of the pen before administering the medication.

Step 3 Remove cap Remove the cap from the injector pen.

Step 4 Press against thigh Hold the tip of the pen against the middle of the thigh and press into it with medium pressure for a few seconds. The injector will activate to administer the medicine automatically.

Step 5 Seek medical attention Keep the patient relaxed and warm, and immediately seek further medical attention by calling 911 or going to an emergency room.

Step 6 Discard Dispose of the used pen properly by replacing the cap and wrapping the container in plastic before discarding, to prevent further needle sticks.