If you think you have a severe allergy or have been to the ER because of a reaction, you should make an appointment to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. If you've already been diagnosed with a severe allergy, make sure you're prepared by regularly talking to your doctor.
Get help finding out what you're allergic to.
If need be, a doctor can send you to an allergy specialist for your symptoms.
It can help doctors understand if what you're seeing is a severe allergy.
Learn how to avoid allergens and what to do if you have a severe allergic reaction.
If your doctor decides you're at risk for anaphylaxis, he or she will prescribe you an epinephrine auto-injector, like Auvi‑Q.
This list can get you started. Make sure to print it out and write down any more questions you have, so you're ready to go once you're with the doctor.
Auvi‑Q™ (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions.
Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi‑Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi‑Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart‑related (cardiac) symptoms.
If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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