The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions in people who are at risk for or have a history of anaphylaxis. Auvi-Q is the first-and-only compact epinephrine auto-injector with audio and visual cues that guide patients and caregivers step-by-step through the injection process.
Auvi-Q contains epinephrine, a well-established, first-line treatment for severe, life-threatening allergic reactions that may occur as a result of exposure to allergens including nuts, shellfish, dairy, eggs, insect bites, latex and medication, among other allergens.
Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions. Auvi-Q is the size and shape of a credit card, the thickness of a cell phone and fits comfortably in a pocket or small purse.
During a life-threatening allergic reaction, Auvi-Q talks the user through each step of the injection process. If the patient or caregiver needs more time, it repeats the step-by-step directions. Alternatively, a patient or caregiver can move at their own pace by following the written instructions printed on the device.
Auvi-Q provides users with audible and visual cues, including a five-second injection countdown and an alert light to signal when the injection is complete. In addition to being an auto-injector, Auvi-Q features an automatic retractable needle mechanism to help prevent accidental needle sticks.
Available in two different dosages, Auvi-Q 0.3mg delivers 0.3mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 66 pounds or more. Auvi-Q 0.15mg delivers 0.15mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 33 – 66 pounds. Auvi-Q has not been studied in patients weighing less than 33 pounds. Each Auvi-Q pack contains two devices – containing one dose of epinephrine each – and a non-active training device.
Auvi-Q may cause serious side effects.
- Auvi-Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. Do not inject Auvi-QTM into your:
- fingers, toes, hands or feet
If you accidentally inject Auvi-Q into any other part of your body, go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
Tell the healthcare provider where on your body you received the accidental injection.
- If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have more or longer lasting side effects when you use Auvi-Q. Talk to your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions.
Common side effects of Auvi-Q include:
- fast, irregular, or ‘pounding’ heart beat,/li>
- feelings of over excitement, nervousness, or anxiety
- nausea and vomiting
- breathing problems
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects of Auvi-Q. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.