Epinephrine pediatric (adrenaline, generic for EpiPen Jr) injection is used to treat life-threatening allergic reaction in children, known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is defined as a severe allergic reaction with one or more of lip, tongue, or face swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, low blood pressure, and rash. If anaphylaxis is suspected, give epinephrine right away and seek further medical attention.
Hold the child’s leg firmly in place and limit movement prior to and during injection when administering to young children. Give epinephrine only if anaphylaxis is suspected. However, in anaphylaxis, there are no absolute contraindications to the use of epinephrine.
Although it may be life-saving in cases of anaphylaxis, use of this drug carries a higher risk in patients with significant heart disease. An epinephrine auto-injector is not a substitute for immediate medical care; always seek expert medical attention immediately after this drug is used. Inject into the leg only, not into a vein, buttock, hand or feet, all of which could cause serious complications. There is a risk of infection at the injection site after use, seek medical attention if signs of infection such as pain, redness, warmth, or swelling develop at the injection site.
|Anaphylaxis (pediatric)||EPINEPHrine 0.15 mg intramuscular injection once|
Pediatric dosages are weight-based. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines.
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