What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Auvi-Q (Epinephrine)


Auvi-Q (Epinephrine)

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  • Product Details


    Auvi-Q is a prescription product that contains the active ingredient epinephrine. It is used for emergencies like anaphylactic allergic reactions. People with possibly fatal allergies should carry epinephrine on them if there is a chance they will be in contact with the allergen.

    Epinephrine works by shutting down the symptoms of severe allergies like trouble breathing, swollen throat, and rash.

    Fact Table




    US FDA


    very low

    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    2 minutes

    Dosage (Strength)

    0.3mg, 0.15mg


    No Known Risks


    EpiPen, Adrenaclick

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    IV, IM, endotracheal, IC, nasal, eye drop


    Auvi-Q is dosed based on weight. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to use it.


    The active ingredient in Auvi-Q is epinephrine.


    Use caution if you are taking any of the following drugs. However, in a life-threatening emergency, Auvi-Q should be given even at the risk of interactions.

    • Blonanserin
    • Alpha1-Blockers
    • Antidiabetic Agents
    • Atomoxetine
    • Benperidol
    • Benzylpenicilloyl Polylysine
    • Beta-Blockers
    • Bretylium
    • Bromocriptine
    • Bromperidol
    • Cannabinoid-Containing Products
    • Chloroprocaine
    • CloZAPine
    • Cocaine (Topical)
    • COMT Inhibitors
    • Doxofylline
    • Ergot Derivatives (Vasoconstrictive CYP3A4 Substrates)
    • Guanethidine
    • Haloperidol
    • Hyaluronidase
    • Inhalational Anesthetics
    • Kratom
    • Linezolid
    • Lisuride
    • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
    • Ozanimod
    • Pergolide
    • Promethazine
    • Serotonin/Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors
    • Solriamfetol
    • Spironolactone
    • Sympathomimetics
    • Tedizolid
    • Tricyclic Antidepressants
    • Vasopressin


    Seek immediate hospital care after using Auvi-Q.

    Use as directed. Auvi-Q is only intended for intramuscular injection in the leg.

    Auvi-Q may worsen symptoms of heart disease.

    Side Effects

    Common side effects may include:

    • Angina Pectoris
    • Anxiety
    • Apprehension
    • Asthenia
    • Cardiac Arrhythmia
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Cerebral Hemorrhage
    • Cerebrovascular Accident
    • Chest Pain
    • Diaphoresis
    • Disorientation
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Dyspnea
    • Exacerbation of Parkinson Disease
    • Gangrene of Skin or Other Tissue
    • Headache
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Hypertension
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Hypokalemia
    • Increased Cardiac Work
    • Insulin Resistance
    • Ischemic Heart Disease
    • Lactic Acidosis
    • Limb Ischemia
    • Localized Blanching
    • Memory Impairment
    • Myocardial Infarction
    • Nausea
    • Pallor
    • Palpitations
    • Panic
    • Paresthesia
    • Peripheral Vasoconstriction
    • Piloerection
    • Psychomotor Agitation
    • Pulmonary Edema
    • Rales
    • Renal Insufficiency
    • Restlessness
    • Supraventricular Tachycardia
    • Tachyarrhythmia
    • Tachycardia
    • Tingling Sensation
    • Tissue Necrosis at Injection Site
    • Tremor
    • Vasoconstriction
    • Ventricular Arrhythmia
    • Ventricular Ectopy
    • Ventricular Fibrillation
    • Vomiting


    1. Auvi-Q [package insert]. Richmond, VA: Kaleo, Inc.; 2017.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13259

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