Heparin is a prescription blood thinner that is used to prevent blood clots in the veins, arteries and lungs both before surgery and in everyday life.
Heparin vials should be stored at room temperature, in an area that is protected from moisture and heat.
Notify your doctor if you have high blood pressure, an infection involving your heart, hemophilia or other bleeding disorder, a stomach or intestinal disorder, liver disease, or if you are on your period before taking Heparin. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, notify your doctor as this medication may have adverse effects on an unborn child. If you are taking any other medications including NSAIDS and dietary or herbal supplements, notify your doctor before taking Heparin.
Heparin can cause you to have bleeding episodes while you are using it and for several weeks after you stop. If you have easy bruising or unusual bleeding, such as a nosebleed, black or bloody tarry stools, or any bleeding that will not stop, notify your doctor. Do not take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen and diflunisal , etc. while you are using Heparin.
Heparin is an injection that is to be administered by your doctor, healthcare provider or nurse. If you are instructed to give yourself these injections at home, follow the directions exactly. If you are unsure about the procedure of administering an injection of Heparin, so not use this medication at home and speak to your healthcare provider about a more suitable method of treatment. After administering an injection, be sure to dispose of the needle that was used in a puncture-proof container, and keep that container out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not use Heparin if you are allergic to any of its contents. If you have a lack of platelets in your blood or any conditions involving uncontrolled bleeding, do not take Heparin.
Severe side effects include: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance; pain or swelling in one or both legs; trouble breathing; or fever, chills, runny nose, or w
Common and less serious side effects include: mild pain, redness, warmth, or skin changes where the medicine was injected; mild itching of your feet; or bluish-colored skin.