alteplase for iv catheters - injection, Cathflo Activase
GENERIC NAME: ALTEPLASE FOR IV CATHETERS - INJECTION (AL-te-plase)
BRAND NAME(S): Cathflo Activase
USES: This medication is used to dissolve blood clots that may form within certain tubes (catheters) used for intravenous (IV) injections. IV catheters are used in people who need to regularly receive injections into a vein during treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, dialysis). Blood clots that block the catheter prevent its use and can make it necessary to replace the catheter. This medication can prevent the need to place a new catheter in your vein.
HOW TO USE: Read and learn all preparation and usage instructions supplied by the manufacturer. Follow all instructions for proper mixing with the correct IV fluid (sterile water for injection). After mixing, do not shake the vial. Before using, check the product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If any of the information is unclear, consult your pharmacist.This medication is given by slow injection into the blocked catheter, usually by a health care professional. Dosage is based on the volume inside the catheter, type of catheter, and patient's weight.If the catheter does not open within 2 hours after the first dose, a second dose may be placed. Consult the doctor.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for details.
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