Epipen Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Keep this medicine ready for use in the case of a severe allergic reaction. Make sure that you have the phone number of your doctor or health care professional and local hospital ready. Remember to check the expiration date of your medicine regularly. You may need to have additional units of this medicine with you at work, school, or other places. Talk to your doctor or health care professional about your need for extra units. Some emergencies may require an additional dose. Check with your doctor or a health care professional before using an extra dose.
After use, go to the nearest hospital or call 911. Avoid physical activity. Make sure the treating health care professional knows you have received an injection of this medicine. You will receive additional instructions on what to do during and after use of this medicine before a medical emergency occurs.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
Abnormal or decreased touch sensation
arm, back, or jaw pain
bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
chest pain or discomfort
chest tightness or heaviness
cold, pale, or bluish color of the skin of the fingers or toes
fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
fear or nervousness
numbness, tingling, or pain in the fingers
paleness of the skin
pounding in the ears
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
unusual tiredness or weakness
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
coldness of the skin
decreased awareness or responsiveness
decreased urine output
loss of consciousness
rapid weight gain
rapid, deep breathing
swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.