What to Do During a Severe Allergic Reaction

Stay Calm, Act Fast, and Follow Your Doctor's Action Plan

Avoiding potentially life-threatening allergens is always the best defense against anaphylaxis. But sometimes even our best efforts just aren't enough. A severe allergic reaction can be scary, especially if you don't know what to do when it happens. Because there is no time to lose when a reaction happens, what you do first can prove to be lifesaving.

You should keep Auvi‑Q on you at all times, so you're always prepared for an emergency.
Be sure to know the warning signs of anaphylaxis so you know when to take action.

3 Things to Do Right Away

Remove the
It may seem like common sense, but you need to quickly remove the substance you're allergic to from the mouth or skin.
Inject Epinephrine
Using Auvi‑Q
Don't hesitate to use Auvi‑Q as directed by your healthcare provider. Severe allergic reactions can be life threatening if not treated immediately. It may be necessary to use a second dose of Auvi‑Q, so make sure a backup is always ready.
Seek Medical
You should seek immediate medical attention after using an epinephrine auto-injector, like Auvi‑Q.


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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regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health or treatment.

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