Talking to the Doctor

Getting Some Allergy Answers

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.

4 Things Doctors Can Help You With

If You Think You May Have a Severe Allergy

Allergy Testing

Get help finding out what you're allergic to.

A Specialist Referral

If need be, a doctor can send you to an allergy specialist for your symptoms.

If You've Been Diagnosed with a Severe Allergy

Allergen Advice

Learn how to avoid allergens and what to do if you have a severe allergic reaction.

An Epinephrine Device for Emergencies

If your doctor decides you're at risk for anaphylaxis, he or she will prescribe you an epinephrine auto‑injector, like Auvi‑Q.

Some Questions to Ask

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.

  • Am I at risk for anaphylaxis?
  • Can all allergic reactions
    become anaphylactic?
  • How do I know if I'm experiencing anaphylaxis?
  • Am I allergic to 1, or more than 1, substance?
  • Should I completely stop eating foods I'm allergic to?
  • Should I talk to a specialist?
  • Can laboratory tests help identify
    what I'm allergic to?
  • What kind of test would you recommend?
  • Should I wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace? Where can I get one?
  • What should I do if I experience
    a severe allergic reaction?
  • Can you help me make an action plan
    for future allergy emergencies?
  • How do I avoid the things I'm allergic to?
  • Do I need to carry an epinephrine
    auto‑injector, like Auvi‑Q?
  • How does Auvi‑Q treat a severe
    allergic reaction?
  • Should I use Auvi‑Q at the first sign of an anaphylactic reaction?
  • Is there something to help train me to use Auvi‑Q?
  • How do I know when Auvi‑Q expires?
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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.

Important Safety Information

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.

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