Adrenaline (epinephrine)* 150 µg/0.3 mL Auto-Injector
* In some countries, adrenaline is known as epinephrine.
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet?
This leaflet answers some common questions about EpiPen® Jr. Adrenaline Auto-Injector. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of your child receiving EpiPen® Jr. against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for them.
If you have any concerns about your child receiving this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before there is a situation where EpiPen® Jr. is needed.
Please read this leaflet carefully before an emergency arises.
Keep this leaflet safely, with the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector. You will probably want to read it again.
What EpiPen® Jr. is used for
EpiPen® Jr. is only to be used for the immediate EMERGENCY TREATMENT of a SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION (also known as ANAPHYLAXIS). Your doctor or pharmacist will explain what this is like, so that you know when you must use EpiPen® Jr.
EpiPen® Jr. is used to treat children who have a severe allergic reaction caused by, for example, hypersensitivity to
See Side effects for information regarding allergy to sodium metabisulfite.
Avoidance of known allergens is most important in preventing severe allergic reactions.
A severe allergic reaction, otherwise known as anaphylaxis, is overwhelming and life-threatening.
It affects the whole body, in particular the
Usually several parts of the body are affected. The patient feels extremely unwell.
It is important to act quickly to treat a severe allergic reaction.
The adrenaline in EpiPen® Jr. treats allergic emergencies. It
This helps improve the very low blood pressure and poor circulation that occur in a severe allergic reaction.
The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector is intended for use in children who have been assessed and advised by their doctor or pharmacist as needing an EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector to treat their severe allergic reaction and who
NOTE: Selection of the appropriate dosage is determined according to patient body weight.
For a child who weighs from 15kg up to 30kg, the doctor or pharmacist may assess their severe allergic reaction as needing the larger dosage of adrenaline as provided by an EpiPen® Auto-Injector. (The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector delivers a smaller dosage of adrenaline). Similarly, there may be instances where the doctor or pharmacist will recommend the use of EpiPen® Jr. in some adults, based on careful medical assessment.
If you have any questions about this, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
EpiPen® Jr. may be prescribed by your doctor. You can also purchase it directly from a pharmacy.
Before you use EpiPen® Jr.
The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector is simple to use. Please read and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Do not remove the blue safety release until you need to use EpiPen® Jr. and are ready to use it. The safety release stops EpiPen® Jr. from “firing” or working.
There is no visible needle. This helps overcome fear of injection. The hidden needle is very fine so that the injection does not usually hurt.
When you must not use it
EpiPen® Jr. is a life-saving treatment in the emergency management of severe allergic reactions. Therefore, it should not be withheld from anyone who is considered to need it.
The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector has a clear “viewing window” so you can see the contents.
Do not use EpiPen® Jr. if the contents
These changes indicate that the effectiveness of the drug product may be decreased.
When the “viewing window” is obscured, the auto-injector has already “fired” and cannot be used again.
Check your EpiPen® Jr. regularly (see Things you must do).
Do not use EpiPen® Jr.
If the EpiPen® Jr. packaging is damaged or it is past the expiry date, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
Help in using EpiPen® Jr.
It is important to know how to use an EpiPen® Jr. BEFORE a severe allergic reaction causes a medical emergency.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist how you can get an EpiPen® Training Device for practice.
An EpiPen® Training Device is similar to the real EpiPen® Jr. However, the EpiPen® Training Device has
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to practice with the EpiPen® Training Device. If you practice using the EpiPen® Training Device, it will help you to learn how to use the real EpiPen® Jr.
It is important to regularly ask your doctor or pharmacist to demonstrate use with an EpiPen® Training Device.
EpiPen® Jr. is effective as emergency treatment of a severe allergic reaction ONLY when used according to the directions in this leaflet.
Give WITH CAUTION to those who have
Take care also when giving EpiPen® Jr. to those
or who have:
You should tell your doctor or pharmacist if your child has:
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if your child is taking other medicines, including any medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with EpiPen® Jr. including:
These medicines may affect how well the adrenaline in EpiPen® Jr. works. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if your child is taking any of these medicines.
You should discuss any concerns you have with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to use EpiPen® Jr.
It is important to know how to use your EpiPen® Jr. in an emergency (see Help in using EpiPen® Jr.).
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions in this leaflet or on the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
When to use it
Use EpiPen® Jr. immediately if your child has signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, as described by your doctor or pharmacist. Symptoms do vary. However, the symptoms are likely to include:
How much to use
NOTE: Your child’s doctor or pharmacist may advise EpiPen® Auto-Injector for the treatment of an anaphylactic attack in children who weigh from 15 kg up to 30 kg after careful assessment of their body weight and the severity of their symptoms.
Similarly, there may be instances where the doctor or pharmacist will recommend the use of EpiPen® Jr. in some adults, based on careful medical assessment.
See also “What EpiPen® Jr. is used for” above.
How to use it
Carefully follow the step-by-step directions to make the EpiPen® Jr. work properly.
Flip open the green cap on the protective carry tube. Carefully tip and slide the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector out of the carry tube. Never place thumb, fingers or hand over the orange end as this contains the needle. Check the contents of the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector through the “viewing window”. Make sure the solution is clear, colourless and sediment-free. If the “viewing window” is obscured, the EpiPen® Jr. has already “fired” and cannot be used again.
Make a fist around the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector, with your thumb nearest to the blue safety release (see FIGURE 1).
Activate the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector by removing the blue safety release with your other hand (also shown in FIGURE 1). This “triggers” the EpiPen® Jr. It is now ready to
After you remove the blue safety release do not touch or place thumb, fingers or hand over the orange end as this contains the needle.
Hold the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector at a 90° angle (right angle) to the outer part of the child’s thigh. Hold the orange end about 5cm away from the thigh (see FIGURE 2).
Hold the child’s leg firmly, especially if they are uncooperative or may kick or move during the injection.
Push the orange end FIRMLY into the child’s outer mid-thigh until a “click” is heard or felt. Keep pressing the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector firmly against the thigh for approximately 3 seconds (see FIGURE 3).
NOTE: EpiPen® Jr. may be used either
When you press the orange end of the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector firmly against the thigh, the hidden needle “fires”. It injects the measured dose of adrenaline into the child’s thigh muscle.
Carefully take the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector away from the thigh.
The orange needle cover will extend to cover the needle. (see FIGURE 4).
Check the “viewing window” - it should now be obscured. If it isn’t, the EpiPen® Jr. has not “fired” or worked. If the “viewing window” is not obscured, repeat steps 2-6 above.
Record the time EpiPen® Jr. was given.
Seek further medical attention for your child immediately. Although the child has received adrenaline from EpiPen® Jr., he/she may need more medical treatment.
With severe, persistent allergic reactions, repeat injections with an additional EpiPen® Jr. may be necessary. The EpiPen® Jr. dose may be repeated every 5 to 15 minutes if symptoms recur or have not subsided.
Do not inject more than two sequential doses of EpiPen® Jr. unless under medical supervision.
Explain to the doctor that your child has had EpiPen® Jr. (intramuscular adrenaline).
Take your used EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector with you.
To avoid injury, follow the used EpiPen® Jr. disposal instructions below (see Disposal).
Additional information about treatment of insect sting allergy
Use EpiPen® Jr. immediately if you or your child have been stung or bitten by the insect and experience the signs and symptoms as described by your doctor or pharmacist.
If the insect’s sting is easily accessible, remove the sting with your fingernails. Do not squeeze, pinch or push the sting deeper into the skin. If available, ice packs or sodium bicarbonate soaks may then be applied to the stung area.
Keep warm, calm, and as still as possible.
If you use too much (overdose)
Because each EpiPen® Jr. contains only one dose, overdosage is unlikely. Overdosage may lead to a rise in blood pressure. This may cause bleeding in the brain or fluid in the lung.
If you think you or anyone else may have used too much of this medicine,
Things to note about EpiPen® Jr.
Things you must do
Check what the expiry date is on your EpiPen® Jr.
Mark this expiry date on your calendar or diary.
Replace your EpiPen® Jr. prior to this expiry date.
Also note on your calendar or diary to check the contents of your EpiPen® Jr. each month. Do this through the “viewing window”.
Make sure the solution is clear, colourless and sediment-free. If not, obtain a new EpiPen® Jr. immediately.
If the “viewing window” is obscured this means the EpiPen® Jr. has already “fired” or worked. It cannot be used again. Return it to your doctor or pharmacist for disposal. Obtain a new EpiPen® Jr. immediately.
The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector can be damaged and made unusable if it is mishandled.
EpiPen® Jr. is NOT a toy. Keep it out of reach of children.
Things you must not do
Do not use EpiPen® Jr.
Do not take off the blue safety release until you need to use EpiPen® Jr. and are ready to use it. Remember that the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector is activated (“triggered”, ready to “fire”) as soon as you take off the blue safety release.
Do not touch the orange end on any person or object while you are taking off the blue safety release and/or after you have taken off the blue safety release. The orange end holds the hidden needle, ready to “fire” and inject the adrenaline.
After you take off the blue safety release
Do not inject into hands, feet, ears, nose, buttocks, genital area or into a blood vessel. If this does happen accidentally you must immediately seek medical attention.
Do not inject into the buttock. Rare cases of serious skin infections have been reported following injection into the buttock. If you develop signs or symptoms of infection, such as persistent redness, warmth, swelling, or tenderness, at the adrenaline injection site you must seek medical attention immediately.
Like all medicines, EpiPen® Jr. can cause some side effects. Side effects not listed in this leaflet may occur in some patients.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if your child experiences any unpleasant side effects after using EpiPen® Jr., even if you do not think the effect is connected with the medicine or is listed in this leaflet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Do not be alarmed by the following list of side effects. Your child may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if your child has any of the following:
These side effects are minor and short lasting.
Accidental injection into the hands, fingers or feet may result in the following:
If an accidental injection occurs at one of these areas, seek medical attention immediately.
Injection related injuries, such as needle cuts and bent needles, have been reported in people who are uncooperative and kick or move during the injection.
Rare cases of serious skin infections have been reported following injection into the buttock.
More severe side effects can occur occasionally. They are caused by adrenaline stimulating the heart and increasing the blood pressure. Rarely, these side effects can cause, for example, a stroke, lung problems or severe irregular heartbeat.
Adrenaline may also cause disorientation and impaired memory.
EpiPen® Jr. contains a very small quantity of sodium metabisulfite as a preservative. In people who are allergic to sodium metabisulfite, this could cause, for example, severe asthma. However, the active ingredient, adrenaline, in EpiPen® Jr. is expected to overcome any allergic reaction to sodium metabisulfite. In an emergency, the risk of exposure to the very small amount of sodium metabisulfite is generally outweighed by the benefits of EpiPen® Jr.
Storing EpiPen® Jr. before use
Always handle the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector carefully, so as not to accidentally activate it or make it “fire” or work.
Keep EpiPen® Jr. available with the child for whom it is intended.
Keep EpiPen® Jr. in a cool dry place below 25°C. Temperature excursions between 15°C to 25°C permitted.
Do not place EpiPen® Jr. in the fridge. Do not leave EpiPen® Jr. in your car. Extreme temperatures may cause the auto-injector unit to malfunction.
Protect EpiPen® Jr. from light. Keep EpiPen® Jr. in the protective carry tube until required.
Do not store EpiPen® Jr. or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a windowsill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep EpiPen® Jr. where children cannot accidentally reach it.
After using EpiPen® Jr.
After the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector has “fired” or worked, the orange needle cover will extend to cover the exposed needle. After use, continue to handle the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector safely and with care. Do this even if you think the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector has not “triggered”, “fired” or worked properly.
You CANNOT RE-USE the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector even though some adrenaline is left inside it.
After use, do not just throw away the EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector.
EpiPen® Jr. delivers one x 0.3 mL dose of adrenaline (epinephrine). This EpiPen® Jr. dose provides 150 µg of adrenaline (epinephrine).
The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector holds 2 mL of adrenaline (epinephrine) 1:2,000 solution.
The injection also contains small amounts of
It does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
The EpiPen® Jr. Auto-Injector is packed in a protective plastic carry tube. This carry tube has a green cap. The carry tube is supplied in a cardboard pack.
The Australian Registration Number is AUST R 42980.
This is not all the information available on EpiPen® Jr. If you have any more questions or are unsure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
EpiPen® Jr. is distributed in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd
(ABN 93 002 359 739)
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9298 3999
Phone: 1800 274 276
This leaflet was prepared in January 1998, and last amended on 22 September 2017.
EpiPen® is a registered trademark of Mylan, Inc.
Made in USA
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