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Daniel More, MD

Auvi-Q: A New Type of Epinephrine Auto-injector

By February 12, 2013

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For many years, Epi-Pen was the only epinephrine auto-injector available on the market. A few years ago, Twin-Ject became available, and touted having 2 doses in the same injector device, in case anaphylaxis was severe, ongoing and required a second dose of epinephrine. Now, a new type of epinephrine auto-injector is available, called Auvi-Q. Auvi-Q is a compact sized device that has voice prompts to talk you through the process of administering the epinephrine to yourself. This would presumably cut down on the errors that people make with the Epi-Pen device -- such as injecting their finger -- as a result of mishandling the device. Whether you like the new Auvi-Q, the older Epi-Pen, or the Twin-Ject device, it's certainly nice to have choices when it comes to an epinephrine auto-injector.

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February 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(1) LJ says:

Hello, Hair dyes, shampoo, toothpaste, food, beverage, contain SULFITES including epi-pen. Why have governments allowed such a health and sometimes DEATH from sulfites. The WAR has begun against such deadly additives. This includes medications, I KNOW!
IT HAS TO STOP. NOW. THERE IS NO ANTIDOTE, WORLDWIDE.
I have a life-threatening allergy to sulfites. I am not unique.
Thank you, are you prepared to help us?

February 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm
(2) allergies says:

Sulfites are present in all forms of injected epinephrine kits as a preservative. However, if a person with sulfite allergy is experiencing anaphylaxis, these kits should still be used. Given your history of severe reactions, you should be under the care of an allergist. This doctor will be able to discuss your concerns.

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