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How to Give Yourself an Epinephrine Shot

Step 1

Hold epinephrine injector
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Your epinephrine injector may have a black or orange tip. Grasp the injector in one fist with the black (or orange) tip pointing down. Do not touch the tip.

Step 2

Take cap off injector
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With your other hand, pull off the gray (or blue) cap.

Step 3

Insert injector in thigh
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Hold the black or orange tip close to your outer thigh. Swing and jab the tip firmly into your outer thigh. Jab through clothing if you must, but bare skin is best. The injector should go straight into your skin, at a 90-degree angle to your thigh. Keep the injector in your thigh for 10 seconds. The injection is complete.

It is normal for most of the liquid to be left in the injector. Do not try to inject the remaining liquid.

Step 4

Rub injection site
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Remove the injector, and place your hand on the area where the medicine entered your skin. Rub the area for about 10 seconds.

Step 5

Put used injector in container
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Put the used injector, needle-end first, into the storage tube that comes with your injector. Do not bend the needle. Screw on the cap of the storage tube. Go to the emergency room, and bring the used injector with you.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Last Revised February 25, 2013

Last Revised: February 25, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology

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