How to Use an Auvi-Q® Auto-Injector
Epinephrine or adrenalin treats a severe
allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Using
an Auvi-Q® can be done at home safely with
proper care and technique. This handout
will guide you through the steps to give
yourself an injection. If you have any
questions or concerns, please ask your
doctor or nurse.
contains an electronic voice instruction
system to help guide you through each step
of your injection. If the voice instruction
does not work, use the auto-injector as
1. Pull Auvi-Q® from the outer case
2. Pull off red safety guard
3. Place black end of Auvi-Q® against the
middle of the outer thigh (through
clothing if needed)
4. Press firmly, you should hear a click and
5. Hold in place for 5 seconds
6. After using, seek emergency care right
away by either dialing 911 or going to
the Emergency Room or Urgent Care
ξ Epinephrine should be
stored in a dark place at
Avoid direct sunlight.
Do not refrigerate or
expose to temperatures
over 86º F.
ξ Inject epinephrine
ONLY into the muscle
on outside of thigh (see
gray colored areas on
ξ Auvi-Q® auto-injectors
come in two doses.
One for young children
and one for older
children and adults.
ξ Teach family members
or others how to inject
the medicine in case
you can’t do it yourself.
ξ After using the auto-injector, the
needle will automatically retract
once the injection is complete. Give
used Auvi-Q® devices to Urgent
Care clinic or Emergency Room
ξ Know when your Auvi-Q® expires.
It will start to lose strength after it
ξ Side effects may include:
o fast heartbeat
ξ Side effects may be uncomfortable,
but only last for about 20 minutes.
ξ If you are pregnant, have heart
disease or high blood pressure, or are
taking a beta blocker medicine,
please let the clinic staff know.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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