What is EpiPen® Auto-Injector used for?

EpiPen® and EpiPen® Jr Auto-Injectors contain adrenaline (also called epinephrine), and are used for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.1-3
The EpiPen® Auto-Injector is quick and easy to use in an emergency, designed so that it can be administered by a non-medical person such as a parent, friend, teacher, childcare worker or by the patient themselves.3-6

Anaphylaxis occurs after exposure
to an allergen such as:8,9


Foods (such as
nuts, eggs, dairy
products, seafood)




Insect bites
or stings



  • References

    1. EpiPen® Approved Product Information. October 2019.
    2. EpiPen® Jr Approved Product Information. October 2019.
    3. EpiPen® Auto-Injector Package Insert. October 2019.
    4. EpiPen® Consumer Medicine Information. September 2017.
    5. Dennerlein JT. Anaphylaxis treatment: ergonomics of epinephrine autoinjector design. Am J Med. 2014 Jan;127 (1):S12 – S16. Study funded by Mylan Speciality L .P.
    6. Schwirtz A and Seeger H. Are adrenaline autoinjectors fit for purpose? A pilot study of the mechanical and injection performance characteristics of a cartridge-versus a syringe-based autoinjector. J Asthma Allergy. 2010;3:159 – 67. Study funded by Pharma Consult GmbH.
    7. Frew AJ. What are the 'ideal ' features of an adrenaline (epinephrine ) auto-injector in the treatment of anaphylaxis? Allergy. 2011 Jan;66 (1 ):15 – 24. Study funded by ALK-AG.
    8. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy [Internet]. Anaphylaxis; [cited August 2020].https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/about-allergy/anaphylaxis
    9. Mayo Clinic. Anaphylaxis [cited August 2020]. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468

Epinephrine = Adrenaline. Anaphylaxis = Severe allergic reaction.

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