Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction. Patients with life threatening allergies need immediate access to epinephrine, the only medication that can quickly reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis. Due to reported difficulties in filling prescriptions for some of the epinephrine devices, it is important for patients at risk for anaphylaxis to know their options:
- EpiPen Auto-Injector (Mylan)
- Authorized Generic for EpiPen (Mylan) — This is the same product as the brand name EpiPen. If you have a prescription for EpiPen, it is also valid for the authorized generic for EpiPen.
- Epinephrine Injection, USP Auto-Injector — Authorized generic for Adrenaclick.
Patients should speak with their allergist regarding the best fit for their specific needs. There are differences in how these devices operate and the patient should be trained and comfortable using their device of choice. If you have difficulty filling the prescription for your device, or need training on how to use it, contact your Atlanta Allergy & Asthma office for assistance.