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 AAIs. You can ask your doctor, practice nurse, pharmacist or school nurse to show you how.
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 free trainer devices so you can practise using your AAI.
Remember that children who have been prescribed 150mcg/0.15mg AAIs 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.