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Heparin sodium,beef injection
HEPARIN - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

HEPARIN - INJECTION

(HEP-uh-rin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Hep-Lock, Liquaemin

Uses

This medication is an anticoagulant which prevents the blood from clotting. It is used to prevent and treat venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and other conditions of blood clotting.

How To Use

This medication is administered by a health care professional either as an injection or infused slowly into a vein over a period time. Blood tests will be done routinely to determine the appropriate dose.

Side Effects

This medication may cause irritation, pain, redness or swelling at the injection site. If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop signs of a possibly allergy: chills, fever, itchy skin, rash. Bleeding must be monitored for it may indicate the dose is too high. Notify your doctor if you experience any of the following while using this medication: easy bruising, nose bleed, dark and tarry stools, blood in urine, a bleeding episode. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: blood disorders, bleeding episodes, heart disease, ulcers, liver disease, kidney disease, any allergies. A preservative (benzyl alcohol) which may be found in this product or in the liquid used to mix this product (diluent) can infrequently cause serious problems (sometimes death) if given by injection to an infant during the first months of life (neonatal period). The risk is greater with lower birth weight infants and is greater with increased amounts of benzyl alcohol. Symptoms include sudden gasping, low blood pressure, or a very slow heartbeat. Report these symptoms to the doctor immediately should they occur. If possible, a preservative-free product should be used when treating neonates. Elderly persons may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you take, especially of: blood thinners, aspirin, nitroglycerin, injectable antibiotics. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include unexplained bleeding and bruising, stomach pain or swelling, back pain, blood in urine, vomiting blood, dizziness, and headache.

Notes

This medication is usually administered initially in the hospital where your condition can be monitored closely. Laboratory tests will be done periodically to be sure the drug is working properly and to monitor for possible side effects.

Missed Dose

It is important to use each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store this medication as directed. Properly discard of any unused medication after the expiration date.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).