What does an epipen do to allergies

What does an epipen do to allergies

When experiencing a severe allergic reaction, give epinephrine and go call

The Give and Go campaign focuses on the importance of giving epinephrine and calling when having anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction.

Research has informed us that epinephrine is underused in treating allergic reactions due to a variety of reasons, including lack of clarity around the signs and symptoms of a reaction, and not having an epinephrine auto-injector on hand.

Our goal with this campaign is to ensure everyone knows the importance of using epinephrine when having anaphylaxis.

Thank you to End Allergies Together (E.A.T.), a non-profit organization that funds food allergy research, and advertising agency BBDO New York, for allowing us to leverage their amazing Give and Go creative.

Read about the development of the Give and Go spots.

Importance of epinephrine

Epinephrine is the first line treatment for anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.

Watch paediatric allergist, and one of our Healthcare Advisory Board members Dr. Ben-Shoshan and Beatrice, from our team, talk about signs and symptoms, treating reactions, educating others and reading food labels.

Thank you EpiPen® Canada for creating these videos.

Introducing allergens

It’s recommended that when your baby is ready, at around 6 months (but not before 4 months), introduce a variety of solid foods, starting with iron-rich foods, while continuing breastfeeding.

What does an epipen do to allergies

Hydrolysed (partially and extensively) baby formula is not recommended for the prevention of allergies.

When you start introducing solids (weaning), introduce the foods that commonly cause allergies one at a time so that you can spot any reactions. Don’t delay introducing a food just because it’s considered a common allergen. These foods include: milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, seeds, fish and shellfish. However, don’t introduce any of these foods before 6 months.

There is evidence that infants should be given allergenic solid foods including peanut butter, cooked egg and dairy and wheat products in the first year of life.

What does an epipen do to allergies

This includes infants at high risk of allergy.

Don’t be tempted to experiment by cutting out a major food, such as milk, as this could lead to your kid not getting the nutrients they need. Talk to your doctor, who may refer you to a registered dietitian.


Practical tips for epinephrine auto-injectors.

Practice using it

You can order a free training device, which contains no needle or drug, from

Keep it up-to-date

Make certain your auto-injector is not expired.

You can check the date on the device, or sign up for a free e-mail reminder

Carry it!

No matter where you go, your auto-injector should be with you. Numerous families live by the motto “No auto-injector, no food”. There are even apps you can purchase that will assist you remember to bring it when you leave home.


Teach friends, family, co-workers, babysitters, teachers — anyone who needs to know — how to use the auto-injector and where you hold it.

Take care of it

Epinephrine can lose its effectiveness when stored in extreme heat or freezing.

Never leave it in a car’s glove box or under a stroller where it can get too boiling or too freezing.

What does an epipen do to allergies

Carry it in an inside jacket pocket in winter. In summer, don’t leave it in the boiling sun.

Use it

The auto-injector is simple to use, it’s safe and it saves lives. If you own questions about your auto-injector, speak to your allergist or see ourResource section.


  1. You may feel nervous about using epinephrine but remember – it’s safe to use in normally healthy individuals.
  2. Epinephrine rarely causes harm, even if given when not needed.

    What does an epipen do to allergies

  3. Possible side effects can include rapid heart rate, paleness, dizziness, weakness, tremors and headache. These side effects are generally mild and go away within a few minutes.


  1. Antihistamines can be used to treat hives or skin symptoms, but own not been proven to stop anaphylaxis. You can use antihistamines, after you own used your epinephrine auto-injector.

If you ponder your kid is having an allergic reaction to a food, seek medical advice urgently as symptoms can worsen rapidly.

What does an epipen do to allergies

If breathing is affected, call triple zero () and enquire for an ambulance.

Protecting your auto-injector

Epinephrine can be damaged by heat and freezing, so remember:

• Hold your auto-injector at room temperature (15 30°C / 59 86°F)
• Do not store it in a car or a fridge.
• In freezing weather, hold it inside your child’s jacket. In boiling weather, hold it in the shade.

Auto-injector brands in Canada:

AUVI-Q® (temporary supply as of September ) read our FAQs on this product

You can also sign up for expiry notifications on pharmaceutical websites.