Heparin

How It Works:

Heparin belongs to group of medicines called anticoagulants. It prevents the formation of blood clots.

Side Effects:

anaphylactic shock, bleeding, eye infection, asthma, and infiltrated and sometimes eczema-like distinct and raised patch on the skin, Bruising and irritation at the site of injection, low blood pressure due to allergy, runny nose, chills, thinning and weakening of the bones, rapid breathing, adrenal insufficiency, prolonged erection of the penis, feeling of oppression, swelling of face, and changes in blood test results., fever, round, hair loss, reduced level of blood platelets, red lumps below the skin surface, lips and difficulty in respiration, abnormal blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes, itchy skin rash

Used For:

Heparin in the form of injection is used to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins, arteries, or lung. Heparin is also used before surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. Heparin is also used topically as ointment or gel to treat inflammation, pain, and itching due to piles; and other ano-rectal diseases (proctitis, periproctitis); pain and inflammation of the veins (thrombophlebitis), and bruising due to blood clots.

Instructions:

  • Do not heparin if you are sensitive to heparin or any other ingredients of the drug.
  • Avoid using heparin are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not heparin if you are already taking aspirin or other blood thinner medications.
  • Tell your doctor if your injury or illness does not improve, or gets worse after heparin treatment.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is heparin a protein, anticoagulant (blood thinner), thrombolytic agent (clot buster), or antiplatelet (antiaggregant)?Heparin is not a protein, thrombolytic agent, or antiplatelet drug. It is a member of glycosaminoglycan carbohydrate and used as an anticoagulant.
Q. Can I take Advil (ibuprofen), Tylenol (acetaminophen), or aspirin with heparin?Heparin in injectable form may interact with Advil and aspirin but it is not reported to interact with Tylenol. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use.
Q. Does heparin affect blood pressure or sleep?Heparin is not reported to affect blood pressure or sleep. Do consult your doctor if you experience such symptoms.
Q. Does heparin affect platelets, INR (international normalized ratio), or PTT (partial thromboplastin time)?Heparin affects INR (used to monitor the effectiveness of the anticoagulant), and PTT (blood test determines the blood clotting time), It may cause reduced blood platelet count.
Q. Is heparin made from pork?Yes,it is made from pork or other animal tissues.
Q. Is heparin unfractionated?There are two forms of heparin used as anti-coagulants; fractionated and low molecular weight heparins. Please see the product leaflet for more information.
Q. Is heparin present in human body?Yes,it is produced in the body by mast cells.
Q. Does heparin come in pill form?No,it is available as gel, ointment, and an injection form.
Q. Is heparin safe during pregnancy?Heparin should only be given during pregnancy when its need has been clearly established. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
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