Life-Threatening Allergy? Get This EpiPen Alternative for FREE

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Have allergies? Get free EpiPens – Pictured, an auvi-q injection package

Keeping EpiPens on-hand shouldn’t break the bank.

If you or a loved one have a severe allergy, you know that the soaring cost of EpiPens can be crushing for a family, especially when it’s necessary to have multiples on hand for home, school, work, and travel. Thankfully, there’s a company that is offering FREE epinephrine injections, and you can get multiple doses delivered right to your door!

Kaleo Pharma recognizes the importance of making sure that everyone with a severe allergy has access to life-saving medication, which is why they’ve created Auvi-Q, an EpiPen equivalent. Auvi-Q is an epinephrine injection used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions in those who are at risk for or have a history of serious allergic reactions.

All eligible commercially insured patients can get Auvi-Q for $0 out of pocket, even if your plan has a high deductible! The complete terms and conditions of this offer can be seen on the Auvi-Q website.

Have allergies? Get free EpiPens – Pictured, auvi-q injections and trainer

Michelle from the Hip2Save team swears by this program:

“My oldest son has a severe tree nut allergy, and the last time we went to the allergy doctor, I asked if they knew of any ways to save on buying EpiPens since as a mom I want my kid to have a pen available at home, at school, at sporting events, etc., and buying so many is so expensive. They gave me a number to call, the doctor sent in a request, and I literally got three EpiPen alternatives in the mail at no cost to us!


It’s not the EpiPen brand, but we get them every two years totally FREE, and they deliver to your house! I get one for my purse, my kids’ backpacks, and the school.


What I like about the Auvi-Q package is that it comes with a trainer that talks you through the injection process, so it’s good for a kid to do to themselves or for someone who is not familiar with using EpiPens. It gives commands like ‘place above clothing on the leg’ and ‘push button’. Then it will count down the injection time and tell you when to remove it.”

Auvi-Q Epi-pen alternative

How to apply for your free Auvi-Q:

Getting your Auvi-Q is so easy! Simply download the enrollment form from Kaleo Pharma and bring it to your physician’s office. You can opt to either pick up your prescription from a Walgreen’s Pharmacy or have it delivered directly to your home.

If you choose home delivery, you’ll get a phone call or text to confirm your prescription and shipping details so that Auvi-Q can be shipped directly to your home. They will even work with you to schedule your delivery so that you can be there to receive it, ensuring that your medication is never exposed to extreme temperatures.

Have allergies? Get free EpiPens – Pictured, an auvi-q package open showing injections and trainer

Here’s what our readers are saying about their experiences with Auvi-Q…

It works! We received the free pens last week after my daughter’s allergist told us about it.  RC

We have the Auvi-Q for my son and love that it can talk anyone through an Epi injection. It gives me so much peace of mind when leaving him in the care of others, and I think it also puts teachers and grandparents at ease being able to practice with the tester. – Amy

Love that Auvi-Q has this option. We have been carrying Auvi-Q for at least the last year at no cost. – Jasmyn

Love this product and the company behind it! Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! We’ve ordered these several times and have been very pleased. Meds are free. Customer service is thorough, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!Sandy

We just found out that my 9-month-old has egg and dairy allergies. An EpiPen with his dosage is on backorder everywhere and would cost over $300 with our insurance! We just got the Auvi-Q for $0 out of pocket and the company was so helpful in answering all of my questions. Even had it delivered on a day that I would be home so it didn’t sit out in the heat! – Jessie

I just got one of these for my family, as 3 of us take allergy shots. We didn’t meet the financial need requirement and it was still only $54. We do have high deductible insurance, so I was still pretty happy with the price. They ship it very well insulated and with a couple of cold packs. They’ll call you at home and tell you what day they plan to drop it off. They will drop it off though, even if you’re not home, so maybe don’t schedule it for a Friday that you’re going to be out of town for the weekend. – Marisa

I have two severely allergic kids. This worked like a charm for us a few months ago. Just be sure you are home to receive them! You don’t want them sitting out in the mailbox/heat/sun/cold.BergenD

If you have questions about Auvi-Q, check out their FAQ page here.

We would love to hear about your experience with EpiPens or EpiPen alternatives. Please share them with us in the comments below!

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 35

  1. Alyssa Barnes

    We have AuviQ and got 2 sets completely FREE! I was wondering about getting replacements though, as ours have expired. Thanks for posting this!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome! Glad it helps, Alyssa Barnes!

    • Kaitlyn

      I was told at my son’s allergist that you can get a free set every year. I believe they contact you when they’re expired or close to being. I can’t remember if I had to sign up for it when they called to make an appointment for delivery. I would call the company and ask!

  2. pokz

    I think u can only get 1 for free per child…we had 2 sers before… after that u have to get rx from ur dr.

    The free ones are like freebie orders from doctors then get sent to ur house… after that u can get it thru regular process

  3. Jessie

    We got this a year ago when my son had a small allergic reaction to eggs. Thank goodness we did because a couple months later he had a very severe reaction to cashews and I had to administer the medicine. Even though we knew how to do it, it was so nice to have it talk out loud all the steps because in that moment I doubted everything knew. A literal life saver!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      How nice that it worked so well! Thanks for letting us know, Jessie!

  4. Jennifer

    I have these. 🙂 I needed them for allergy shots and my doctor recommended this company.

  5. Jenn

    Actually had to use an Epi pen today on my daughter. If I’m not mistaken avi-q was the brand that was recalled a few years ago and were taken off the market for a while. I’d feel uncomfortable having to depend on these with the possibility of them not function properly in an anaphylactic situation. Thankfully our insurance covers the name brand Epi and with the co-pay card on their website I get them for free if I can find them. The generic that’s also produced by Mylan only costs me $7.

    • riss

      Yep, auvi-q was recalled maybe 2 or 3 years ago bacause the dose it delivered was not enough. That said, we still took advantage of the 2 free sets (4 shots total) with prescription from my son’s doctor last year. Thankfully, we only had to administer epi-pen once in 12 years.

  6. MommyinKC

    Thank you so much for posting this! Our daughter’s EpiPen‘s for school are going to cost us $270! And that is with our insurance. Just FYI we also keep expired EpiPen‘s for home. They are supposedly still affective.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are very welcome, MommyinKC!

  7. Chris

    Does this work with other pharmacies? My insurance does not allow Walgreens.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      If you read the FAQ page linked at the bottom of the post, you can get it mailed to you.

    • pokz

      U fill out the form and have ur doc sign it…or they can send it for u…. theyll send it to u…its not a regular rx and send it to store then u pick it up… this comes directly from manufacturer

  8. pokz

    Something that nice to have but hopefully never use…what us allergy parents pray for..

  9. kymomcc

    I was recently diagnosed with a shellfish allergy after having a severe reaction on vacation & this is what my doctor prescribed for me. It was an easy process to get. They actually called me before I got home from my appointment! The trainer is great, too. I let my 10 year old practice using it on me just in case something ever happened & so he wouldn’t be scared of it.

  10. Jessika

    Avi-q was recalled before for not functioning but epi pens have been recalled as well and I believe the epi-pen company has been in trouble for uping the cost of the drug outrageously. I prefer avi-q they come with testers and they talk someone through how to administer the drug. This feature is nice especially someone who doesn’t rountinly use it. If the doctor writes a script to administer two of the 2 pks (4 auto injectors) of avi-q we were able to get both packs at the same time. Otherwise you have to wait 30 days in between filling the prescriptions. You are allowed 2 of the 2 packs per year. Once the prescription is written the doctor’s office sends it to the filling pharmacy it is mail order and they schedule a delivery date for you. We have had great experience with Avi-q.

    • bergensmith

      They were recalled but a new company bought them out and fixed the issues.

  11. Holly

    We get 2 sets each year for free from Auvi-q for my son with a tree nut allergy. His allergist writes a new prescription each year and this company is really easy to work with and they ship it right to my house. Saves tons of money and time!

  12. MChiC

    Love that these give audio instructions! We have been using Kaleo for a couple of years! No complaints. Tree nut allergy for one of my kiddos and I’m grateful they offer them for FREE

  13. Dorothy

    The link for the forms quit working??

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I still find them working for me using a desktop computer. You could change browsers or try back later, Dorothy!

  14. Berrysaves

    I am unfortunately familiar w/this since July. My son is 11 and had a reaction to peanut sauce suddenly. We took him for testing and sure enough he’s allergic to peanut and cashew. Dr was amaZing and did everything. Company called us to verify. And said we can get 2 boxes a year. So very helpful. Parents have enough to worry about.

  15. cbakerd3

    Yes! Our allergist automatically prescribed auvi Q, never even bothered with epipen. They actually sent us 4 so we can keep one at daycare, one in the diaper bag, one in my purse, and one at home. Completely free.

    • Elle

      Fyi-please look up safety guidelines. From my research, everything I have read advises carrying 2, such as exactly how they come in packs of 2. For a severe reaction, we always want to have 2 units available, in case a second injection is needed. We have 2 at school, 2 at home.

    • Amy

      Elle is correct. You should always carry 2. If someone gets the first dose and does not respond or still can not breathe, a second dose may be given and is sometimes necessary depending on the EMS response times in your area.

  16. C

    As an FYI, if you want another low cost alternative to epi-pens, you can get vials of epinephrine for about $10 a vial (multiple doses)… the down side is you have to measure the dose before applying (so it really depends how severe the severe allergy is- like can you draw a dose from a vial or are you unconscious)- but it’s not that hard and a pharmacist can (and will) walk you through it

  17. Nikki

    Love our auvi-q. We can never get an epi pen near us. I’d call every pharmacy and they always tell me it’s on back order. I can’t send my child to school without one so I stumbled upon this brand and haven’t looked back. Never on back order and comes to my door within 3 days of ordering refills. I tell everyone I come across to ask there dr to send in a prescription to auvi-q. Ours has been free which I’m thankful for, unlike the quotes I get from the pharmacy with my insurance for the ones they carry.

  18. Anon

    Anyone still get these for FREE? They started charging in February 2020. Prior to 2020, they were free for years.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      From what I am reading, they are still free, Anon!

    • Alyssa

      We also had to pay a $30 co pay the last time I had the script filled.

  19. Karen

    We order it recently and they said they had to charge us $25. I will take that over the $300

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Karen! Still a great deal with awesome savings for sure! I wonder if it may vary. I do still find the $0 offer listed as I click through now.

  20. LJ

    When they called me last year to renew they told me they were now charging $50/box (2auto injectors and a trainer) wonder if you can only get the free ones 2x, which we did. This was the first time I was charged. We have to renew each year because they expire.

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