Emerade Auto Injector contains the active ingredient adrenaline (also known as epinephrine), which works by reversing the effects of the allergic reaction, by narrowing the blood vessels and increasing the heart rate and blood pressure.
The adrenaline in Emerade Auto Injector is injected intramuscularly (into the muscle) in the outer thigh and this helps to quickly relieve the symptoms of severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. However, note that patients should always consult with a healthcare professional and read the full instructions for use and precautions provided with the product.
Use and Dosage
Emerade should only be used for injection in the outer thigh at the first signs of a severe allergic reaction. The injection occurs when Emerade is pressed into the thigh. It can be administered through clothing. It should not be injected into the buttock (your bottom).
To use Emerade Auto Injector, follow the procedures:
- Remove the cap.
- Place Emerade against the outer side of the thigh at a 90° angle and press firmly so that the needle cover is depressed. You will hear a click when the device has activated, and the needle has penetrated the thigh.
- Hold Emerade fully pressed against the thigh for 5 seconds.
- Lightly massage the injection site afterwards.
- Seek immediate medical help.
The needle in Emerade must be protected before, during, and after the injection.
When the injection is completed, the needle cover of the Emerade pen is visibly longer and the plunger is visible in the inspection window by lifting the label.
If your Emerade pen fails to activate, immediately you should use an increased force when pressing the pen against the intended injection site. If your injection is not successful, you should use a second pen immediately.
Common Side Effects of Emerade Auto Injector (Adrenaline Tartrate):
- Increase in heart rate
- Respiratory difficulties
Serious Side Effects of Emerade Auto Injector (Adrenaline Tartrate):
- Chest pain (angina)
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate (pounding heart)
- Irregular or skipped heart beats
- Stroke (blurred vision, difficulty speaking, headache, dizziness, and weakness)
Forms and Strength
Emerade Auto Injector (Adrenaline Tartrate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Emerade Auto Injector: AutoInjector
- Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen is currently undergoing a Class 1 medicines recall due to concerns over potential defects in the product’s delivery system.
- Alternative brands of adrenaline auto-injectors (such as EpiPen and Jext) may be used as a replacement for Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen.
- Patients should carefully read the information leaflet accompanying Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen before using the product.
- Epinephrine should be administered as early as possible after the onset of anaphylaxis.
- Patients should not use Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen if the solution appears discolored or if there are visible particles in the solution. It is always important to consult with a healthcare professional before using any medication or medical device and to carefully follow all instructions for use and precautions provided.
- Patients with a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid problems should consult with a healthcare professional before using Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen as it can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
- Patients should not inject Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen into the hands or feet as it can cause reduced blood flow and tissue damage.
- Patients should seek immediate medical attention after using an adrenaline auto-injector like Emerade, even if their symptoms improve.
- Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen is not recommended for children under 16 years old or adults over 65 years old.
- Emerade 500 micrograms solution for injection in pre-filled pen should not be used after the expiry date printed on the packaging. As stated before, follow the instructions for use and precautions provided, consult with a healthcare professional, and never use a medication or medical device that appears to be discolored or contains visible particles.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I do if I need to use Emerade Auto Injector?
If you need to use Emerade Auto Injector, follow the instructions for use carefully and seek immediate medical attention after use, even if your symptoms improve.
How should Emerade Auto Injector be stored?
Emerade Auto Injector should be stored at room temperature (between 15°C and 25°C) and protected from light. It should not be stored in a refrigerator or freezer.
Is Emerade Auto Injector suitable for everyone?
Emerade Auto Injector is not suitable for everyone. Patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, may be at a higher risk of side effects and should consult with a healthcare professional before using the product.
Can Emerade Auto Injector be reused?
No, Emerade Auto Injector is a single-use device and should not be reused or shared.
How many doses does Emerade Auto Injector have?
Emerade Auto Injector comes in three strengths: 150 micrograms, 300 micrograms, and 500 micrograms. Each device contains a single dose and should only be used once.