PrescriptionGiant is a FREE prescription savings program that can save you up to 75% on your prescriptions with or without insurance!

Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector (Generic Epinephrine Injection)

Actual product appearance may differ slightly.

Click the CARD below to print or take a screenshot on your mobile phone or tablet. There is no need to download another app!

If you would like to personalize your card enter your full name in the member name field below the card at this link and click the Update button.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector is typically prescribed for individuals who have severe allergic reactions, particularly anaphylaxis, to various allergens such as insect stings, food, medications, or other triggers. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening reaction characterized by swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, drop in blood pressure, and other symptoms. Epipen Jr. contains epinephrine, a medication that helps to reverse the effects of anaphylaxis by constricting blood vessels, relaxing muscles in the airways, and stimulating the heart.

How should this medicine be used?

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use the Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector:

  • Remove the safety cap: Grasp the Epipen Jr. firmly with the orange tip pointing downward. With your other hand, pull off the blue safety cap. Make sure not to touch the orange tip to prevent accidental injection.
  • Position for injection: Hold the Epipen Jr. firmly with your fist, making sure your thumb is on the orange tip. Keep your thumb away from the black base. The needle is on the orange tip.
  • Inject into outer thigh: Swing and firmly jab the orange tip against the outer thigh, at a right angle (90 degrees) to the thigh. The Epipen Jr. can be injected through clothing if necessary.
  • Hold in place: Hold the Epipen Jr. firmly against the thigh for approximately 3 seconds. The auto-injector will make a distinct click sound, indicating that the injection has started.
  • Remove and massage injection site: Remove the Epipen Jr. from the thigh and massage the injection site gently for about 10 seconds. This helps the epinephrine to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • Seek emergency medical attention: After using the Epipen Jr., seek emergency medical help immediately, even if the symptoms improve. Additional medical treatment may be necessary, and it’s essential to be evaluated by healthcare professionals after using epinephrine.
  • Dispose of used device: Place the used Epipen Jr. into its protective carrying case or a puncture-resistant container. Do not re-use the auto-injector. Follow local regulations for the proper disposal of medical waste.

It’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the instructions and practice using the Epipen Jr. correctly, even if you’re not experiencing an allergic reaction at the moment. This preparation can help ensure you can respond quickly and effectively during an emergency. If you have any questions or concerns about using Epipen Jr., consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.

Other uses for this medicine

Some potential off-label uses may include:

  • Severe asthma attacks: Epinephrine can help in some cases of severe asthma attacks that are not responsive to standard asthma medications, although this use is less common.
  • Exercise-induced anaphylaxis: In cases where an individual experiences anaphylaxis triggered by exercise, a healthcare provider may prescribe Epipen Jr. for emergency use.
  • Other severe allergic reactions: While food, insect stings, and medications are common triggers for anaphylaxis, other allergens or triggers may also lead to severe allergic reactions where Epipen Jr. could be appropriate.

What special precautions should I follow?

As for special precautions to follow when using Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector, here are some important points:

  • Training: Ensure that you and those close to you (family members, caregivers) are trained on how to properly use the Epipen Jr. Practice using it regularly, and make sure you understand the instructions thoroughly.
  • Storage: Store Epipen Jr. at room temperature (between 15-30°C or 59-86°F) and away from light and moisture. Avoid storing it in extreme temperatures or environments, such as in the car glove compartment or freezer.
  • Check expiration date: Regularly check the expiration date on your Epipen Jr. and replace it before it expires. Expired epinephrine may not be as effective or could potentially be harmful.
  • Seek medical attention: After using Epipen Jr. for an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention immediately, even if symptoms improve. Further evaluation and treatment may be necessary.
  • Medical history: Inform your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have, especially heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, or any allergies to medications.
  • Medication interactions: Inform your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements. Some medications may interact with epinephrine.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss the risks and benefits of using Epipen Jr. with your healthcare provider. Epinephrine can cross the placenta and may also be excreted in breast milk.
  • Follow-up: After using Epipen Jr., follow up with your healthcare provider to review the circumstances of the allergic reaction and discuss any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

By following these precautions and guidelines, you can use Epipen Jr. safely and effectively in emergency situations. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about using Epipen Jr.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding special dietary instructions for Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector, there are none. Epipen Jr. is an emergency medication used to treat severe allergic reactions and does not require any specific dietary adjustments. However, if you have specific dietary restrictions due to allergies or other medical conditions, it’s essential to continue following those guidelines as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget a dose of Epipen Jr., it’s crucial to remember that Epipen Jr. is typically used in emergency situations for the treatment of severe allergic reactions. Therefore, if you have forgotten a dose, it’s essential to take precautions to prevent exposure to known allergens and to have your Epipen Jr. with you at all times in case of an emergency. If you have questions about missed doses or how to use Epipen Jr., consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector contains epinephrine, which is a medication used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). While epinephrine is generally safe and effective when used as directed, like all medications, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects of Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector may include:

  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia): Epinephrine stimulates the heart, which can cause a temporary increase in heart rate.
  • Palpitations: Some individuals may experience a feeling of rapid or irregular heartbeat after using Epipen Jr.
  • Sweating: Epinephrine can cause excessive sweating as a side effect.
  • Nervousness or anxiety: Feeling jittery or anxious is a common side effect of epinephrine.
  • Headache: Some individuals may experience headaches after using Epipen Jr.
  • Dizziness: Epinephrine can cause dizziness or lightheadedness in some individuals.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Some people may experience nausea or vomiting after using Epipen Jr.
  • Weakness: Epinephrine can sometimes cause weakness or fatigue.
  • Tremors: Shaking or trembling of the hands or other parts of the body may occur as a side effect of epinephrine.
  • Pallor (pale skin): Epinephrine can cause temporary paleness of the skin.
  • Difficulty breathing: While epinephrine is used to treat breathing difficulties associated with anaphylaxis, in rare cases, it may cause temporary difficulty breathing or throat tightness as a side effect.

It’s important to note that these side effects are usually mild and temporary, resolving on their own within a short period. However, if you experience severe or persistent side effects after using Epipen Jr., or if you have any concerns, you should seek medical attention promptly. Additionally, it’s essential to report any side effects to your healthcare provider or pharmacist. If you have any questions or concerns about the side effects of Epipen Jr., consult your healthcare provider for further guidance and information.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Here’s what you should know about the storage and disposal of Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector:


  • Room temperature: Store Epipen Jr. Auto-Injector at room temperature between 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).
  • Protect from light: Keep Epipen Jr. in its protective carrying case to shield it from light.
  • Avoid extreme conditions: Do not refrigerate or freeze Epipen Jr., and do not expose it to extreme heat or cold.
  • Dry environment: Store Epipen Jr. in a dry place away from moisture.
  • Accessible: Keep Epipen Jr. readily accessible in case of an emergency, but away from the reach of children.


  • Expired or used Epipen Jr.: Dispose of expired or used Epipen Jr. properly. Follow local regulations for the disposal of medical waste.
  • Sharps container: Place the used Epipen Jr. in a designated sharps container or a puncture-resistant container. Do not dispose of it in household trash where it may pose a risk of injury.
  • Pharmacy or healthcare facility: Some pharmacies or healthcare facilities may offer disposal services for used Epipen Jr. devices. Check with your local pharmacy or healthcare provider for guidance on proper disposal methods.

In case of emergency/overdose

In Case of Emergency/Overdose of EpiPen Jr. Auto-Injector:

  • Use as Directed:
    • Administer the EpiPen Jr. as directed by your healthcare provider or as instructed in the provided training.
    • If you suspect an anaphylactic reaction (severe allergic reaction) in yourself or someone else, use the EpiPen Jr. immediately.
  • Seek Medical Help:
    • After administering the EpiPen Jr., seek immediate medical attention by calling emergency services (such as 911 in the United States) or going to the nearest emergency room.
    • Even if symptoms improve after using the EpiPen Jr., it’s essential to seek medical evaluation and monitoring.

What other information should I know?

  • Training: Ensure that you and any caregivers or family members are properly trained on how to use the EpiPen Jr. Familiarize yourself with the steps for administration, including removing the safety cap and injecting the medication.
  • Expiration Date: Check the expiration date regularly and replace the EpiPen Jr. before it expires. Expired EpiPens may not be as effective in treating severe allergic reactions.
  • Multiple EpiPens: Consider having multiple EpiPens available, especially if you or someone you care for has a history of severe allergic reactions. Keep one at home, one at work or school, and one in your car or bag for easy access.
  • Allergy Management Plan: Develop and discuss an allergy management plan with your healthcare provider. This plan should include identifying allergens, avoiding triggers, and knowing when to use the EpiPen Jr.
  • Regular Follow-ups: Follow up with your healthcare provider regularly to review your allergy management plan and ensure your EpiPen Jr. is up to date.

Always consult your healthcare provider for specific guidance on the storage, disposal, and use of the EpiPen Jr. auto-injector, as individual circumstances may vary.

Copyright © 2023