An EpiPen (or Epi-Pen) is designed to provide a self-administered emergency treatment for anaphylactic shock.
You must have a prescription to purchase one.
If you experience a life-threatening allergic reaction from a bee sting (or any other cause), prompt treatment is crucial. Survival may depend upon receiving treatment within minutes.
If you can’t get to a doctor quickly, though, you can treat yourself by simply removing a cap and safety release, and jabbing the device against your thigh.
The force of jabbing the device against your thigh causes a dose of epinephrine to be injected into your bloodstream automatically using an auto-injector.
You do not have to depress a syringe, or meter the amount of medicine being injected. The syringe automatically injects the proper amount of epinephrine.