How to use an Epi-Pen

Did you know that an Epi-Pen can be used through clothing? Even jeans! Learn how to use one properly with Kirk Wong, a pharmacist at Hamilton General Hospital’s Hamilton General Drugstore.


To use an Epi-Pen on yourself…

  1. Hold the pen in a fist with the blue end facing up to the sky.
  2. Pull of the blue cap.
  3. If the window on the side of the pen is clear, it’s ready to use.
  4. Swing your hand back and push the pen into your thigh.
  5. When you hear a click, hold the pen for five seconds.


On someone else…

  1. Have them sit down and kneel beside them.
  2. Complete steps 1-5 from the above list, pushing the pen into their thigh.


After using an Epi-Pen, always call 9-1-1 or go directly to your closest emergency department.