Prevents clots in blood vessels before or after surgery or during certain medical procedures. Also treats certain blood, heart, and lung disorders and helps diagnose and treat certain bleeding disorders.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin or into a vein.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject 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.
If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a blood thinner (such as dicumarol, warfarin, or Coumadin®), aspirin, or other medicine that affects blood platelets (such as dextran, dipyridamole, hydroxychloroquine, ibuprofen, indomethacin, phenylbutazone, Advil®, Aggrenox®, InfeD®, Indocin®, Motrin®, Persantine®, or Plaquenil®).
Tell your doctor if you are also using digoxin (such as Lanoxin® or Digitek®), nicotine (such as Habitrol®, Nicoderm®, or Prostep®), nitroglycerin injection, allergy medicine (such as diphenhydramine or Benadryl®), or certain antibiotic medicines (such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, Minocin®, or Vibramycin®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease (such as a heart infection), high blood pressure, bleeding problem (such as hemophilia), stomach or intestinal ulcers, liver disease, or if you have your monthly period or have recently had any type of surgery or spinal anesthesia (numbing medicine in your back).
You may bleed and bruise more easily while you are using this medicine. Be extra careful to avoid injuries until the effects of the medicine have worn off. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers. Avoid picking your nose. If you need to blow your nose, blow it gently.
Watch for any bleeding from open areas such as around the injection site. Also check for blood in your urine or stool. If you have any bleeding or injuries, tell your doctor right away.
Serious side effects can occur even up to several weeks after you have stopped using this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have any unusual side effects while you are using this medicine or after you stop using this medicine.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.