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How to use Auvi-Q®

1. Do not proceed to step 2 until you are ready to use Auvi-Q®. If not ready to use, replace the outer case.

Pull Auvi-Q® from the outer case - Illustration

2. Pull off Red safety guard

To avoid an accidental injection, never touch the black base of the auto-injector. If an accidental injection does occur, seek medical help immediately.

NOTE: The safety guard is meant to be tight. Pull firmly to remove.

Pull off Red safety guard - Illustration

3. Place black end against the middle of the outer thigh (through clothing, if necessary), then press firmly and hold in place for 5 seconds. Each device is a single-use injection.

Only inject into the middle of the outer thigh (upper leg). Do not inject into any other location. Note: Auvi-Q® makes a distinct sound (click and hiss) when activated. This is normal and indicates Auvi-Q® is working correctly. Do not pull Auvi-Q® away from your leg when you hear the click and hiss sound.

Injecting technique - Illustration

4. Seek medical attention immediately

Replace the outer case and take your used Auvi-Q® with you to a healthcare professional for proper disposal and a prescription refill.

AFTER using Auvi-Q®

Seek medical attention immediately.

With a severe, long-lasting allergic reaction, you may need to administer an additional Auvi-Q®. More than two sequential doses of epinephrine should only be administered under direct medical supervision.

Following administration of Auvi-Q®:

  • The black base will lock into place.
  • The voice instruction system will confirm Auvi-Q® has been used and the LED lights will blink red.
  • The red safety guard cannot be replaced.
  • The viewing window will no longer be clear.
  • Some medicine will remain in Auvi-Q®. However, the injection is complete and you have received the correct dose of the medication.
  • Take to your healthcare provider for proper disposal (never discard Auvi-Q® in regular trash).*
  • Discuss your medical history and current medications with the healthcare professional (for example, diabetic patients may need to adjust the dose of their diabetes medicines or insulin after using Auvi-Q®).

Auvi-Q® and any remaining medicine cannot be reused. Until you dispose of your used Auvi-Q®, the interactive instruction system will remind you that it has been used whenever you remove the outer case.

General information about the safe and effective use of Auvi-Q®

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use Auvi-Q® for a condition for which it was not prescribed.

Never give Auvi-Q® to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

This leaflet summarizes the most important information about Auvi-Q®.

If you would like more information, talk with your Healthcare Provider or Pharmacist.

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/15/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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