Adrenaline auto-injector devices (“adrenaline pens”) are medical devices which deliver a single dose of adrenaline (epinephrine). They have been designed to be easily administered to a person who is having a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
If you have been prescribed an adrenaline auto-injector, carry it with you at all times. Your GP, or Allergy Service should discuss how to manage an allergic reaction, including how and when to use the adrenaline auto-injector device. Your family, friends, teachers and colleagues should also know how and when to give your adrenaline, in case you become unable to give it yourself.
A number of different devices are available in the UK, and they all deliver the same medicine, in one of two doses (a paediatric dose for younger children and an adult dose for older children and adults). They are available on prescription from your GP or specialist.
ADULT or PAEDIATRIC (EPI-PEN JUNIOR)
A second dose may be required
Shelf life – 18 months
MEDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd
www.epipen.co.uk - Tel: 0845 4600000
To watch an animated video of how to use an Epi-pen go to http://www.epipen.co.uk/patient/what-is-epipen/using-your-epipen/#prettyPhoto
Jext 300mcg (licensed for 30kg+)
Jext 150mcg (licensed for 15kg-30kg)
Shelf Life – maximum of 24 months from the date of manufacturer
Storage conditions – do not freeze: needle shield extends after use
www.jext.co.uk Tel: 0118 903 7940
To watch a video on how to use Jext go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjgbwmQy2r8
Remember – if you need one, you need two. You should always have a spare in case you need a second dose, or in case the first one fails to work.
Always keep your pens with you and always call an ambulance if you have used your adrenaline pen.
Last updated: April 2013