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Heparin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is heparin injection ?
- What are the possible side effects of heparin injection ?
- What is the most important information I should know about heparin injection ?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using heparin injection ?
- How should I use heparin injection ?
- What happens if I miss a dose ?
- What happens if I overdose ?
- What should I avoid while using heparin injection ?
- What other drugs will affect heparin injection ?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using heparin injection ?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to heparin, or if you have:
- a severe lack of platelets in your blood; or
- uncontrolled bleeding.
To make sure you can safely use heparin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- an infection of the lining of your heart (also called bacterial endocarditis);
- uncontrolled high blood pressure;
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia;
- a stomach or intestinal disorder;
- liver disease; or
- if you are having a menstrual period.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether heparin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Women over 60 years of age may be more likely to have bleeding episodes while using heparin.
How should I use heparin injection ?
Heparin is injected under the skin or into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an IV at home.
Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
You may be switched from injectable heparin to an oral (taken by mouth) blood thinner. Do not stop using the heparin until your doctor tells you to. You may need to use both the injection and the oral forms of heparin for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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