What’s the difference between an Epi Junior and a Junior Special?

Asked by: Raquel Rodriguez

Is there an EpiPen Junior?

EpiPen Jr®:
The EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector is intended for pediatric intramuscular administration in children who weigh between 15 kg and 30 kg. The EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injector delivers a single intramuscular dose of 0.15 mg epinephrine in a 0.3 mL volume (0.15 mg/0.3 mL).

What is the difference between an EpiPen and EpiPen Jr?

EpiPen injects an epinephrine dose of 0.3 mg. EpiPen Jr contains a different strength of epinephrine and injects a lower dose. It is suitable only for younger or smaller children who weigh 15–30 kg (33–66 pounds). EpiPen Jr injects an epinephrine dose of 0.15 mg.

What ages is EpiPen Jr for?

Of note, the Epipen® Jr and Allerject® 0.15 mg are officially indicated for children between 15 and 30 kg.

Are there different types of epi pens?

EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr®

Can adults use EpiPen Jr?

There are two types of EpiPens. One for adults and one for kids that’s called EpiPen Jr. Knowing when a child should move on to the adult dose could save their life. The junior dose is only for children that weigh under sixty-six pounds.

How can I get my EpiPen for free?

And, there are some who could get EpiPen for free: Mylan offers free EpiPens through its patient assistance program for uninsured and underinsured patients with a household income of less than $97,400 for a family of four.

Can you use a regular EpiPen on a child?

According to product instructions, the 0.30 mg dosage of both the EpiPen® and Allerject™ auto-injectors should be used for adults and children weighing 30 kg or more (66lbs+); and the 0.15 mg dosage should be used for children weighing between 15 kg to 30 kg (33-66lbs).

What happens if you inject an EpiPen without needing it?

Unintentional injection of epinephrine can easily occur when handling epinephrine auto-injectors. If the epinephrine is injected by mistake into small areas such as fingers and hands, blood vessels will constrict at the site of injection. This can decrease blood flow to the area.

At what weight should you use an EpiPen instead of an EpiPen Jr?

The EpiPen Jr contains epinephrine 0.15 mg, which is an optimal dose for patients weighing approximately 15 kg; the EpiPen contains epinephrine 0.3 mg, which is optimal for patients weighing approximately 30 kg or more.

Are EpiPens the same?

EpiPen is the brand name of an auto-injectable device that delivers the drug epinephrine. It is a life-saving medication used when someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. EpiPen is just one of the brand names of devices known generically as Epinephrine Auto-Injectors.

Can you use an expired EpiPen in an emergency?

Expired EpiPens Still Work
Auto-injector epinephrine pens, often carried by individuals with known food allergies, still are effective even after their “expiration” dates, researchers reported.

Do EpiPens need to be refrigerated?

Adrenaline (epinephrine) injectors (e.g. EpiPen® or Anapen®)should be stored: In a cool dark place at room temperature, between 15-25°C, but not refrigerated, as temperatures below 15°C may damage the injector mechanism.

Can I use someone else’s EpiPen?

There is no legal problem in any person administering adrenaline that is either prescribed for a specific person or administering adrenaline to an unknown person in such a life saving situation (through specific exemptions in the medicines act).

Can EpiPen go through jeans?

Seek immediate medical attention in the case of an accidental injection. It can be administered while wearing pants. Contrary to popular belief, the EpiPen injection can be delivered through clothing. Count to 10 while administering the epinephrine.

Can you take Benadryl with an EpiPen?

No interactions were found between Benadryl and EpiPen. However, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.

What can I do with my expired EpiPen?

Take expired EpiPens to a doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy for disposal, Young says. You can find a drop-off location near you at SafeNeedleDisposal.org. A final tip: When filling an EpiPen prescription, ask the pharmacist to give you auto-injectors with the latest expiration date.