EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® should only be injected into the middle of your outer thigh (upper leg), through clothing if necessary. Do not inject into your veins, buttocks, fingers, toes, hands or feet. via
How do you use an EpiPen step by step?
Place the orange tip against the middle of the outer thigh (upper leg) at a right angle (perpendicular) to the thigh. Swing and push the auto-injector firmly until it “clicks.” The click signals that the injection has started. Hold firmly in place for 3 seconds (count slowly 1, 2, 3). via
How do you use an EpiPen for the first time? (video)
Why is an EpiPen injected into the thigh?
As opposed to the upper arm, the thigh muscle is one of the body's largest muscles with more blood supply, so it allows much faster absorption of the medication. The outer thigh, versus the front of the thigh, is recommended because it provides a skin area with thinner tissue and less fat. via
What happens if you use an EpiPen without needing it?
An accidental injection to the hands or feet can impair blood flow to these areas and can potentially cause tissue death. This however, is the worst-case scenario. Symptoms of an accidental injection are not usually so severe and may include: temporary numbness or tingling. via
Do you have to go to the hospital if you use an EpiPen?
Why you should go to the emergency room after using the EpiPen. You should always be checked out at the ER after using your EpiPen. That is not because of the epinephrine, but because the allergic reaction probably requires further monitoring. via
How long do you hold an EpiPen in place?
Hold the auto-injector in place until all the medicine is injected—usually no more than 3 seconds. Remove the needle by pulling the pen straight out. A protective shield will cover the needle as soon as it is removed from the thigh. Put the injector back into its safety tube. via
How fast does an EpiPen work?
Symptoms allergic reactions including trouble breathing, swelling, low blood pressure, and rash should improve rapidly after using EpiPen. The effects of EpiPen wear off in ten to 20 minutes after injection. via
What can I use instead of an EpiPen?
Alternatives to EpiPen
What does getting an EpiPen feel like?
“You feel totally uncontrolled, you feel anxious, and your heart races.” Once injected, epinephrine works quickly to raise blood pressure and open airways. However, one dose may not be enough for everyone. via
What to do after using an EpiPen?
Seek emergency medical attention even after you use EpiPen to treat a severe allergic reaction. The effects may wear off after 10 or 20 minutes. You will need to receive further treatment and observation. via
Does an EpiPen have a needle?
The most frequently prescribed auto-injector in North America and Canada is the EpiPen®, which has a needle length of 15.2 mm. via
What happens if you inject epinephrine into a vein?
Do not inject epinephrine into a vein or into the muscles of your buttocks, or it may not work as well. Inject it only into the fleshy outer portion of the thigh. Accidentally injecting epinephrine into your hands or feet may result in a loss of blood flow to those areas, and resulting numbness. via
What happens if you inject yourself with an EpiPen in your arm?
Even if you do inject yourself, you'll still need to get to an emergency room. Like many drugs, there might be side effects from epinephrine, such as anxiety, dizziness, and sweating, and swelling, pain, or changes in skin color at the injection site because of decreased blood flow to the area. via
How long does epinephrine last in syringe?
Under recommended storage conditions, 1 mg/mL epinephrine is stable in a syringe for at least 3 months  and 0.7 mg/mL epinephrine is stable in a syringe for at least 8 weeks . via