GENERIC NAME: ABCIXIMAB - INJECTION (ab-SIX-i-mab)
BRAND NAME(S): Reopro
USES: Abciximab is a type of "blood thinner" used to prevent blood clots during certain procedures used to open up the blood vessels in the heart (e.g., balloon angioplasty, coronary stent placement, percutaneous coronary intervention-PCI). It is usually used with heparin and aspirin.Abciximab works by preventing platelets in the blood from sticking to each other. When platelets stick to each other, they may form blood clots that may cause a heart attack or cause the opened blood vessel in the heart to close back up.
HOW TO USE: Follow all instructions for proper mixing and dilution with the correct IV fluids. If you have questions about using this medication properly, consult your pharmacist.Do not shake the medication. Before using this product, check it visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional, usually 10 to 60 minutes before your procedure, then given slowly into a vein for up to 12 hours or as directed by your doctor.If you are having uncontrolled chest pain and your procedure cannot be done immediately, this medication may be started up to 24 hours before your procedure and continued until 1 hour after the procedure is finished.The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.After your procedure, you will need to lie very still with your head up slightly. The tube for your procedure is usually placed near the groin. Keep the leg (or other limb nearest the tube) straight to prevent bleeding from the tube area. Pressure will be applied to the area (e.g., with a sandbag, special pressure dressing/device). You will not be allowed out of bed for several hours after the procedure.
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