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Epi pen type and care

Howdy, I’m going to be starting immunotherapy next week and my allergist wants me to keep an epi pen on hand for injection days. I’m a complete novice to all things epi pen related. 

– what type of epi pen have you used and which one would you recommend? I’ve seen auvi q, adrenaclick and epi pen listed as options

– any tips/suggestions on how to carry them around (I read about putting them in a thermal lunch bag or container to keep them from getting too hot in the summer?)

thank you! Best, Em

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hey, Em … Kids With Food Allergies, AAFA's food allergy division, has a great resource on epinephrine auto-injectors: .

    Could you check with your insurance to see which is the preferred med?

    We've used both Epi-pens and AuviQ, but any auto-injector should have the same basic medications in them. All have pros and cons, so it really comes down to you, your doc and your insurance.

    The main thing: don't split up the set! Take both with you as directed by your doctor. Sometimes you may need that second auto-injector — either if you don't respond to the first one or the injector doesn't go in.

    As for keeping them protected from the heat … when DD received her AuviQs the first time via the mail, I called the pharmacist on staff and asked how they shipped them within the tight temp controls. He advised me to keep the devices in a thermal bag or packet with no ice but with a UNREFRIGERATED gel-pack that came with the devices. He said the gel pack would absorb the heat from the outdoors.

    So you might call whichever device manufacturer you decide on and get their input.

  • Melissa G

    Em, Cynthia already gave you some great resources. Just know there is an epi-pen shortage, so it may come down to what is available at your pharmacy. 

  • LK

    Em,  Thankfully I have never had to use one.  I have them from when I was taking Xolair and now for Dupixent.  I have two brands since when I needed the second one for keeping in my nightstand, the first one was not available.  The second one has a neat practice injector which is very helpful for becoming accustomed to how it works. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Em, did you ever decide which epinephrine auto-injector was right for you? And which will be covered under your insurance?

  • Emelina

    Hi Cynthia, thanks for the check in. Insurance ended up deciding for me. I’ll have to play with the trainer a bit, all new territory.

  • Kathy P

    Em – the FDA recently (which is what you have there). So, be sure to note the "new" expiration date.

    If you haven't found it already, this page has a  for that device.

  • Emelina

    Sweet! Thanks Kathy P for the info and the video! The other day I was wondering about how often I’d have to replace them. Thank you!