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ALTEPLASE-INJECTION, Activase

GENERIC NAME: ALTEPLASE - INJECTION (AL-teh-plays)

BRAND NAME(S): Activase

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USES: This medication is an enzyme which works to break up and dissolve blood clots which can block arteries. It is used in the treatment of an acute heart attack or pulmonary embolism.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection within 6 hours of chest pain by a health care professional. It is usually given over a two to three hour period. Continued or repeated doses are not usually required. It is important this medication be used as prescribed. It is most effective when administered as soon as possible after symptoms of a heart attack appear.




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