Health Tip: How to Use an EpiPen

(HealthDay News) -- An EpiPen is an injection device containing epinephrine, which is used to treat severe allergic reactions, says the University of North Carolina.

UNC offers this advice on using an EpiPen:

  • Remove the device from its clear carrier tube.
  • Hold it in your fist with the orange tip pointing downward.
  • With your other hand, remove the blue safety release by pulling up.
  • Hold the leg firmly in place while administering.
  • Swing and push firmly until it "clicks." Hold for 3 seconds.
  • Remove the EpiPen.
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