Be Aware of Differences Between Symjepi and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Symjepi (sim-JEH-pee) will be the newest epinephrine option for treating anaphylaxis.

It's a prefilled syringe...NOT an auto-injector like EpiPen or Adrenaclick. Symjepi 0.3 mg, which is for patients 30 kg or more, will be available first...and 0.15 mg for lighter-weight patients will follow.

Keep in mind, some hospitals stock epinephrine auto-injectors to avoid mix-ups with the cardiac arrest dose. Accidentally giving epinephrine 1 mg IV for anaphylaxis...instead of 0.15 or 0.3 mg IM...can lead to cardiac arrhythmia, ischemia, and even death.

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