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Allerject® is indicated for the emergency treatment of serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and is intended for people who are at risk and for people with a history of serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).
Allerject® should be used immediately to treat yourself or your child when experiencing a severe allergic reaction. This is emergency treatment. It does not replace seeing a doctor or going to the hospital. After injection, seek immediate medical attention.
Allerject® contains epinephrine, which is the medication used for the treatment of anaphylaxis.
Some of the ways it works include:
Research shows that many patients do not know how to correctly use their auto-injector. In studies, only a modest proportion of patients (30–44%) who had been prescribed auto-injectors were able to demonstrate correct self-administration.
Allerject® has been designed to address these concerns. It is the only epinephrine auto-injector with voice instructions. It guides patients and caregivers step-by-step, calmly and efficiently, through the injection process.
Allerject® is available with voice instructions in either English or French.
An alarming number of patients fail to carry their auto-injectors. According to research, between 30% and 70% of patients who had been prescribed auto-injectors did not carry them at all times.
One of the reasons for this non-compliance is the shape and size of existing devices. Research notes that currently available adrenaline auto-injectors are rather bulky, and their large size may hinder the ability of patients to carry the device at all times.
Allerject® fits comfortably in a pocket or small purse. It has been designed to make it more convenient for patients to carry their auto-injector at all times.
Allerject® has a number of other features designed to make it easy to use.
The injector has been designed to be easy-to-use, portable and ergonomic in order to assist patients with complying with recommendations that epinephrine should be available at all times and administered without delay in an allergic emergency.
Allerject® contains an electronic voice instruction system to help guide you through each step of your injection. If the voice instructions do not work for any reason, use Allerject® as instructed in these Instructions for Use. It will still work during an allergic reaction emergency.
Pull Allerject® from the outer case
Do not go to step 2 until you are ready to use Allerject®. If you are not ready to use, put it back in the outer case.
Pull off RED safety guard
To reduce the chance of an accidental injection, do not touch the black base of the auto-injector, which is where the needle comes out. If an accidental injection happens, get medical help immediately.
NOTE: The safety guard is meant to be tight. Pull firmly to remove.
Place BLACK end against the middle of the outer thigh (through clothing, if necessary), then press firmly and hold in place for five seconds.
Only inject into the middle of the outer thigh (upper leg). Do not inject into any other location.
Note: Allerject® makes a distinct sound (click and hiss) when you press it against your leg. This is normal and indicates Allerject® is working correctly.
Seek immediate medical or hospital care.
Replace the outer case and take your used Allerject® with you to your pharmacist or physician for proper disposal and replacement.
With an allergic reaction, you may need to administer an additional dose of epinephrine.
Seek medical attention immediately even if the symptoms seem to have subsided. Because the effects of epinephrine can wear off and there is a chance of a second reaction, it is important that you seek medical assistance or go to the emergency room immediately after using Allerject®.
Even if you have sought medical help, you must stay within close proximity to a hospital or where you can easily call 911 for the next 48 hours.
Following administration of Allerject®:
You will now need a new Allerject®. The used device and any remaining medicine cannot be reused. Until you dispose of your used Allerject®, the electronic voice instruction system will remind you that it has been used when you remove the outer case.
Each Allerject® contains a single dose of epinephrine and is for single patient use only.
There are two different dosage strengths. Selection of the appropriate dosage strength is determined according to patient body weight. Your doctor or your pharmacist will recommend the correct dose for you:
Allerject® 0.15 mg
Delivers 0.15 mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 15 to 30 kg (33-66 pounds).
Delivers 0.3mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 30 kg (66 pounds) or more.
Allerject® is not indicated for treating children weighing less than 15 kg (33 pounds). For children under 15 kg (33 pounds), talk to your doctor about using other forms of injectable epinephrine.
If you are having a severe allergic reaction, use Allerject® right away and then seek immediate medical attention.
If your symptoms persist, another dose may be required. That’s why you should always carry a second Allerject®.
Anaphylaxis can result in death if not treated immediately. Talk to your doctor about the warning signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and when to use Allerject®.
There are no absolute reasons for not using Allerject® in a life-threatening allergic reaction. However, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist about any medical conditions and medications you take prior to using Allerject®.
Patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medications, may get more or longer lasting side effects with Allerject®. This includes patients who take certain types of medicines for asthma, allergies, depression, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Other potential side effects include:
Allerject® (epinephrine) can also cause the following serious side effects (most of them usually decrease with rest):
Seek medical attention in all cases.
This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking Allerject® contact your doctor or pharmacist.
BEFORE you obtain Allerject®, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all of your medical conditions, especially if you:
Allerject® remains the essential treatment for anaphylaxis even if you have the above conditions.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about every medicine you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Some medicines, especially those for asthma, may cause serious side effects if taken while using Allerject®.
Some medicines may affect how Allerject® works or Allerject® may affect how other medicines work.
Medications that may interact with Allerject® include: