As most of you are aware, there are many different types of epinephrine auto-injectors available these days. Up until recently, EpiPens ruled the marketplace. But recently, a new product, Auvi-Q, has been getting a lot of buzz.
So, if you’re asked which one you’d like to be prescribed, as I recently was by our allergist, which will you choose?
Here are the pros and cons to both as I see it:
- Because they dominated the market for so long, EpiPens are recognizable. In an emergency, that might mean someone who does not have food allergies may know to look for one and may be familiar with what to do with it.
- They are larger (especially because you’re carrying two of them), ensuring that they are easy to find in a purse or sports bag when seconds count.
- EpiPens have been in use for a long time, making them tried and tested.
- Because they are large, EpiPens are hard for men to carry.
- In a panic, you have to either remember your injection instructions or read them on the outside of the pen itself – something that someone who is frazzled may have trouble concentrating on.
- There’s no doubt about it, Auvi-Q is sleek and small. This is likely appealing to teenagers who may be tempted to leave their epinephrine at home.
- It instructs you! So, even if you’ve never touched an auto-injector before, chances are you could properly administer epinephrine using the Auvi-Q.
- It fits in your pocket. I think this will be very helpful to both adolescents and men. Women carry bags, so no matter the size of the auto-injector, it likely fits. But men… well, the “Murse” doesn’t look like it’s really catching on. Dads can stick the Auvi-Q in their pocket while they’re out on the town with the kids. My own husband is planning to leave it in his pocket when he coaches my son’s baseball team this weekend.
- The Auvi-Q is about the size of a cell phone. Again, this makes it convenient for a pocket, but less so for locating it in a large purse.
So, what do I decide to do? Well, I chose both! I want my babysitters and other visitors to my house to have the emergency instinct to go for what they know: the EpiPens. But, I love the convenience of carrying the Auvi-Q for my husband, in particular, ensuring that my son’s emergency meds are always on-hand.
Both Auvi-Q and EpiPens have a solid place in the marketplace. Both administer epinephrine which saves lives!
Which one did you choose?