Details of Heparin Salt (Generic Drug)

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Heparin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that prevents the formation of blood clots. Heparin is used to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins, arteries, or lung. It is also used before surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. Heparin injection should not be used to flush (clean out) an intravenous (IV) catheter. You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to heparin, or if you have a severe lack of platelets in your blood or uncontrolled bleeding. To make sure heparin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have an infection of the lining of your heart uncontrolled high blood pressure a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, such as haemophilia a stomach or intestinal disorder liver disease or if you are having a menstrual period. Women over 60 years of age may be more likely to have bleeding episodes while using heparin.


Typical Uses

Heparin is used to prevent and treat blood clots. It may be used to prevent and treat blood clots in the lungs/legs (including in patients with atrial fibrillation). It may be used to treat certain blood clotting disorders. It may also be used to prevent blood clots after surgery, during dialysis, during blood transfusions, when collecting blood samples, or when a person is unable to move for a long time. Heparin helps to keep blood flowing smoothly by making a certain natural substance in your body (anti-clotting protein) work better. It is known as an anticoagulant. This medication may also be used to prevent blood clots in patients with certain types of heart attack or a certain type of chest pain called unstable angina.


Side Effects

Heparin can cause you to have bleeding episodes while you are using it and for several weeks after you stop. Inform your doctor if you have easy bruising or unusual bleeding, such as a nosebleed, blood in your urine or stools, black or tarry stools, or any bleeding that will not stop. Some people receiving a heparin injection have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Stop using heparin and get immediate medical assistance if you have signs of a stroke-sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance signs of a blood clot in the lung-chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood signs of a blood clot in your leg-pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs fever, chills, runny nose, or watery eyes trouble breathing or extreme drowsiness, weakness, or gasping for breath.


Drug Interactions

  • Heparin+abciximab- Using heparin together with abciximab can cause you to bleed more easily. You may need a dose adjustment in addition to special testing. Call your doctor promptly if you have any unusual bleeding or bruising, vomiting, blood in your urine or stools, headache, dizziness, or weakness.
  • Heparin+ardeparin- Using heparin together with ardeparin may increase the risk of bleeding, including severe and sometimes fatal haemorrhage. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Heparin+cabozantinib- Using cabozantinib together with heparin may increase the risk of bleeding. In clinical studies, treatment with cabozantinib alone has been associated with severe and sometimes fatal haemorrhage. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Heparin+dasatinib- Using dasatinib together with heparin may increase the risk of bleeding. The interaction may be more likely if you are elderly or have kidney or liver disease. In clinical studies, treatment with dasatinib alone has been associated with severe and sometimes fatal haemorrhage. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Heparin+lepirudin- Using heparin together with lepirudin is not recommended. Combining these medications can increase the risk of bleeding. Moreover, you should not use any product containing heparin if you are being treated for, or have a history of, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.


Mechanism of action

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


Pregnancy Category : C


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