Proper use of an Inhaler
 
  1. Shake inhaler well before each spray. Take the cap off of the mouthpiece.
  2. Hold the inhaler upright with the mouthpiece towards you.
  3. Breathe out all the way through your mouth.
  4. Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it.
  5. Push the top of the canister all the way down while you breathe in deeply and slowly through your mouth.
  6. Right after the spray comes out; take your finger off of the canister. After you have breathed in all the way, take the inhaler out of your mouth, and close your mouth.
  7. Hold your breath as long as you can, up to 10 seconds, and then breathe normally. If you have been instructed to use more sprays, wait 1 minute and shake inhaler again. Repeat steps 2-6.
  8. Put the cap back on the mouthpiece after each use of the inhaler and make sure it snaps firmly into place.
*If your inhaler is a corticosteroid medicine, rinse your mouth with water, and spit out the rinse. Do not swallow it. Proper use of Nasal Spray
 
  1. Gently blow nose to clear out mucus.
  2. Shake bottle “prime” by squirting into the air several times.
  3. Tilt head forward slightly, chin down, exhale.
  4. Hold the pump bottle with your thumb at the bottomo and your middle index finger on the top. Use your opposite hand to close the nostril that you are spraying into.
  5. Aim the nasal spray toward the back of your head; DO NOT spray toward the nasal septum (the middle of the nose), and squeeze the pump as your breathe in slowly through your nose.
  6. Repeat 3-7 times for your other nostril.
  7. If directed to use more than one spray in each nostril, wait 3 minutes and repeat.
  8. Do not blow or rub your nose immediately following administration..
  Proper use of an Epi-Pen
 
  1. Prepare the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector for Injection
  • Remove the auto-injector from the clear carrier tube. Flip open the yellow cap of your EpiPen or the green cap of your EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector carrier tube. Tip and slide the auto-injector out of the carrier tube.
  • Grasp the auto-injector in your fist with the orange tip pointing downward.
  • With your other hand, remove the blue safety release by pulling straight up without bending or twisting it. Note: The needle comes out of the orange tip.
  • Never put your thumb, fingers or hand over the orange tip.
2. Administer the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector Hold the auto-injector with orange tip near the outer thigh. Swing and firmly push the orange tip against the outer thigh until it “clicks”. Keep the auto-injector firmly pushed against the thigh at a 90° angle (perpendicular) to the thigh. Hold firmly against the thigh for approximately 10 seconds to deliver the drug. 3. Finalize the Injection Process Remove the auto-injector from the thigh. The orange tip will extend to cover the needle. Massage the injection area for 10 seconds. Get emergency medical help right away. You may need further medical attention. You may need a second EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector should symptoms persist or recur. Note: Take your used auto-injector with you when you go to see the health care provider.
  • Tell the health care provider that you have received an injection of epinephrine. Show the health care provider where you received the injection.
  • Give your used EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector to a health care provider for inspection and proper disposal.
  • Ask for a refill, if needed.
  • The used auto-injector with extended needle cover will not fit in the carrier tube.
  • Most of the liquid medicine stays in the auto-injector and cannot be reused. You have received the correct dose of the medicine if the orange needle tip is extended and the window is blocked.
  • Your EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector may come packaged with an EpiPen Auto-Injector Trainer and separate Trainer Instructions for Use. The EpiPen Trainer has a grey color. The grey EpiPen Trainer contains no medicine and no needle. Practice with your EpiPen Trainer, but always carry your real EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector in case of an allergic emergency.
  • Do not attempt to take the EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector apart.