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.
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, Coumadin®), aspirin, or other medicine that affects blood platelets (such as dextran, dipyridamole, hydroxychloroquine, ibuprofen, indomethacin, phenylbutazone, Advil®, Aggrenox®, InfeD®, Indocin®, Motrin®, Persantine®, Plaquenil®).
Tell your doctor if you are also using digoxin (Lanoxin®, Digitek®), nicotine (Habitrol®, Nicoderm®, Prostep®), nitroglycerin injection, allergy medicine (such as diphenhydramine, Benadryl®), or certain antibiotic medicines (such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, Minocin®, Vibramycin®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have recently had a baby. Also tell your doctor if you have your monthly period or if you use an IUD for birth control.
Tell your doctor if you have heart disease (such as a heart infection), high blood pressure, a bleeding problem (such as hemophilia), stomach or intestinal ulcers, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, or if you have recently had any type of surgery or spinal anesthesia (numbing medicine in your back), radiation treatments, or a fall or other injury.
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.