Adrenaline is the first line of treatment for serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). It is available on prescription in a pre-loaded injection device (known as an adrenaline auto-injector or AAI).
Anyone who is at risk of anaphylaxis should always carry two in-date AAIs with them at all times.
Two AAIs are needed in case one misfires, or a second dose is needed.
Get a health professional to show you how to use your injector. Ask the doctor who prescribed it, the practice nurse at your local GP surgery or the school nurse. Our AllergyWise online training courses can also help, or you can watch demonstration videos on the manufacturer’s website.
There are three adrenaline auto injectors (AAIs) available on prescription in the UK. The manufacturers of all three offer trainer devices so you can practise using your AAI.
Remember that children who have been prescribed Jext or Emerade 0.15mg adrenaline injectors need to go on to the 0.3mg dose when they weigh 25-30kg. This is likely to be somewhere between 5-11 years old.