Auvi-Q (Epinephrine Injection): Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

Auvi-Q contains epinephrine. It is a prescription medicine. It is used to treat anaphylactic shacks.

Auvi-Q Uses

This medicine is intended to treat severe allergic responses to insect stings/bites, foods, medications, or other substances in the event of an emergency. Epinephrine improves breathing, stimulates the heart, reverses hives, raises blood pressure, and reduces swelling in the face, lips, and neck promptly.

Side Effects of Auvi-Q

The most common side effects of Auvi-Q include:

  • Headache
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Breathing issues

The elderly population is at greater risk to experience adverse effects.

How to Use Auvi-Q?

  • It is a one-use injector.
  • Should only be injected into the area of the outer thigh.
  • Should not be injected in areas of fingertips, buttock, veins, hands, feet, and toes.


Epinephrine is a light-sensitive drug. It should be protected from exposure to light. When exposed to air or light, epinephrine solution quickly degrades, turning brown from the creation of melanin, and pink from oxidation to adrenochrome. Patients should be instructed to visually inspect the epinephrine solution through the viewing glass regularly.


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