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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: easy bleeding/bruising, dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, yellowing eyes/skin.
This medication may rarely cause serious bleeding. (See also Warning section.) Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of serious bleeding, including: shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, cold/blue fingers or toes, unusual dizziness, fast/irregular heartbeat, joint/muscle pain, mental/mood changes (such as confusion), difficulty moving, numbness/tingling, severe stomach/abdominal pain, bloody/black/tarry stools, red/pinkish urine, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: seizures, fainting, severe/persistent headache, slurred speech, vision problems, weakness on one side of the body.
Rarely, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours. If this occurs, stop using this drug and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Innohep (tinzaparin) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.
Before using tinzaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to heparin or pork products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites, benzyl alcohol), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using tinzaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a past blood-clotting problem because of heparin (heparin-induced thrombocytopenia), artificial heart valves, bleeding/blood problems (such as low platelet count, bleeding ulcer), a certain eye problem (diabetic retinopathy), high blood pressure, infections in the heart (bacterial endocarditis), kidney disease, liver disease, stomach/intestinal problems (such as recent ulcers, colitis), stroke, recent spinal procedures or puncture, spine problems (such as spinal deformity), recent surgery (especially on the eye, brain, or spine).
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Limit alcohol while taking this drug because it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially bleeding. If you are elderly and have kidney problems, your doctor may stop tinzaparin and prescribe a different medication for your condition. Consult your doctor for more details.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Since the benzyl alcohol in tinzaparin can affect the unborn baby, a preservative-free product should be used by pregnant women if possible.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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