Heparin (Injection) (Injectable) DrugNote

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HEPARIN (Injection) (Injectable) - DrugNote

HEPARIN (Injection)
Heparin (HEP-a-rin)

Prevents clots in blood vessels before or after surgery and treats certain blood, heart, and lung disorders.

Brand Name(s): Vasceze Heparin Lock Flush, Hep-Lock, Hep-Lock U/P, Hepflush-10
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to heparin. You should not use heparin if you have bleeding disorders or active bleeding.

How to Use This Medicine:

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. Use this medicine exactly as your doctor has ordered.

  • An SC injection is a shot that is given just under your skin. Heparin SC injections are usually given on the side of your stomach.

  • An IV infusion is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.

  • This medicine should be given by a person who is trained to give IV medicine, such as a nurse. Sometimes you, a friend, or family member can be taught to give your medicine.

  • You may need to carry identification to let others know you are using heparin in case of an emergency. Ask your doctor about this.

  • Your doctor may want to check your blood on a regular schedule while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

If a dose is missed:

  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, health caregiver, or clinic where you get your treatments for instructions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store your medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date has passed.

  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid taking aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin while you are using heparin.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking Persantine®, blood thinners (Coumadin®), or medicine to treat swelling or pain (Motrin®, Aleve®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you use an IUD for birth control, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.

  • Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have stomach ulcers, diabetes, kidney or liver disease.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have recently had any type of surgery, radiation treatments, a fall or other injury, or if you have recently had a baby.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Hair loss

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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