Heparin is a medicine that prevents or retards the clotting of blood. Heparin allows the body's natural clot dissolution mechanisms to break down clots that have formed. It is used to prevent the formation of clots and extension of existing clots within the blood.
Do not take heparin if you:
- Are allergic to heparin
- Have, or have ever had heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.
- Have any condition which makes you bleed severely
- Suffer from high blood pressure, severe liver problems or stomach ulcer.
- Have an inflammation of the lining of the heart and heart valves
- Have had a brain haemorrhage or an injury to your spine, head, eyes or ears
Things to Tell Your Doctor. If you:
- Suffer from disease condition that makes you more likely to bleed.
- Are allergic to heparins
- Have kidney or liver problems or blood pressure
- Suffer from diabetes or metabolic acidosis or high levels of potassium
- Are taking amiloride or spironolactone
What to do if you missed a dose ?
Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. If you think that you have missed a dose then tell your doctor or nurse. If you have any further questions about taking this medicine, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Most common side effects ?
The most common side effects observed with heparin are allergic reaction, difficulty in breathing, swelling of face, severe rash.