Epipen is available as a Pharmacist only medication, which means that it can be purchased without a doctor's prescription, in consultation with a pharmacist. If you wish to purchase an Epipen from us, our pharmacist on duty will contact you to check it is the correct medicine for you, before we send it out. If you have any questions about Epipen, please phone on 06 8357948 or email us.
Epipen is an auto-injector device containing Adrenaline for the treatment of severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. The allergic reaction can be triggered by many different things, common allergens include foods (nuts, dairy etc), medicines, insect bites or stings.
Epipen contains Adrenaline (also called Epinephrine) 300mcg in a 0.3ml injection. Each pen gives one injection only.
Epipen 300mcg/0.3ml is the auto-injector adults and children over 30kg should use. Children between 15 and 30kg in weight, require the Epipen junior (150mcg/0.3ml).
Epipen must be used according to the manufacturers guidelines. For instructions and pictures on how to use Epipen, please download the consumer information leaflet from here.
There are two steps to use Epipen:
If you are needing to use Epipen, call for an ambulance immediately for follow up care.
Epipen must be injected into the outer thigh not into the buttocks. If it is accidently injected anywhere other than the outer thigh emergency treatment should be sort.
Check your Epipen regularly to see that it is still before it's expiry date and that the solution inside is clear and colourless. The instructions on the pack direct you to a small window to do that.
Before using Epipen, tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially noting asthma, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Please tell your doctor any medicines you take. You should not use Epipen if you are allergic to any of it's ingredients.
Common side effects from Epipen include an increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness or anxiety. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest.