Carrying and Storing Epinephrine

Learn how to safely carry and store your epinephrine auto-injectors with tips from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

Take proper care of your epinephrine auto-injectors to help them retain their effectiveness. When a child with food allergies becomes old enough, he or she should learn the same basic guidelines.

Epinephrine is sensitive to light and extreme temperatures. Store it away from direct light and at room temperature.

Do not refrigerate epinephrine, and be careful to prevent the device from freezing. Never keep it in a vehicle, where temperatures can climb to triple digits. These conditions can cause the medication to become less effective.

Periodically check the epinephrine solution for discoloration. If the solution becomes pinkish in color, or darker than slightly yellow, the medication may not work as well as it should. Call your doctor for a replacement device.