Reviewed by Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C, CDE

The Auvi-Q® is an auto-Injector with voice instructions. It is an easy and convenient way to give epinephrine. Epinephrine is a medicine used to treat an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a systemic (whole body), life threatening allergic reaction. It is the most severe type of allergic reaction. The Auvi-Q is designed to provide fast, reliable first-aid for an anaphylactic reactions. It works quickly to help reverse symptoms which may follow exposure to insect bites and stings, food or drug reactions and exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

The Auvi-Q is compact and easily carried in your pocket, purse or fanny-pack. It is pre-assembled, filled and ready to use right away. The Auvi-Q will give you voice instructions on how to use it. A tiny, concealed, spring-activated needle penetrates the skin once the syringe is activated. The Auvi-Q is available in two strengths, 0.3 mg. and 0.15 mg. Your health care provider will prescribe the Auvi-Q that you should use.  Ask your health care provider how to use the Auvi-Q.
 

How To Use An Auvi-Q Auto-Injector

Remove the Auvi-Q from the outer case.

  • Do not proceed until you are ready to use Auvi-Q. If you are not ready to use, the Auvi-Q replace the outer case.

  • Once you remove the Auvi-Q from the outer case you will hear voice instructions.

 

Give the Auvi-Q injection

  • Pull off the red safety guard. Pull firmly to remove. The safety guard is meant to be tight.

  • Never put your hands, fingers or thumb over the black base, to avoid accidental injection.

  • Place the black end against the middle of the outer thigh. Only inject into the middle of the outer thigh (upper leg). Do not inject into another location.

  • If you are administering Auvi-Q to a young child, hold the leg firmly in place while administering an injection.

  • Press firmly and hold in place for 5 seconds to deliver the medicine. Auvi-Q makes a click and hiss sound when activated. This is normal. Do not pull Auvi-Q away from the leg when you hear to click and hiss sound.

  • The voice instruction system will confirm Auvi-Q has been used. The Auvi-Q will beep and the lights will blink red.

  • Remove the unit from the thigh.

  • The needle automatically retracts after the injection is complete, so the needle will not be visible after the injection.

 

After Using Auvi-Q

  • Call 911 and seek medical attention right away. The effects from this medicine may wear off in 10-20 minutes.

  • Take the used auto-injector with you to the hospital emergency room.

 

After Auvi-Q is given:

  • The black base will lock into place.

  • The red safety guard cannot be replaced.

  • The viewing window will no longer be clear.

  • Some medicine will remain in Auvi-Q. The injection is complete.

  • After using the Auvi-Q most people experience a rapid heartbeat and "nervousness." Ask your health care provider for a complete list of side effects.

  • Check the expiration date on your Auvi-Q. Be sure to replace your Auvi-Q before the expiration date. You can dispose of an expired Auvi-Q at the Doctors office or hospital.

  • Remember, if you use the Auvi-Q, call 911 and seek medical attention right away. The effects from this medication may wear off in 10-20 minutes.

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