EpiPen® is designed for the immediate emergency treatment of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction).

If you have been prescribed EpiPen® you should not hesitate to use it if you believe you experience the signs or symptoms of anaphylaxis.

In fact, it’s better to use EpiPen® during a suspected severe allergic reaction when you didn't need it than not to use it when you do need it.

Here are seven symptoms that mean it’s time to use EpiPen®:

  • Difficult or noisy breathing
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Swelling or tightness in the throat
  • Difficulty talking or having a hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Persistent dizziness or collapse
  • Loss of consciousness or when a young child becomes pale or floppy

The above signs and symptoms may follow signs of a mild to moderate allergic reaction such as swollen lips, face or eyes, hives or welts, and a tingling mouth.

Points to remember

  • EpiPen® is a first-line treatment for anaphylaxis.
  • Give anaphylaxis first aid without delay.
  • Antihistamines are not a recommended alternative to EpiPen®.
  • Apply EpiPen® to the outer mid-thigh.
  • EpiPen® can be applied through clothing.
  • Never stand or walk during anaphylaxis.
  • Always call an ambulance after using EpiPen® .

For more information, watch our training videos on how to use EpiPen®, which are available in 26 languages.