alteplase for iv catheters - injection, Cathflo Activase (cont.)
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication usually has very few side effects. If you have any unusual effects from using this medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat).If this medication accidentally leaks outside of the catheter when it is given, serious side effects may rarely occur. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following: bleeding at/near the catheter insertion site, other symptoms of bleeding (e.g., easy bruising, bleeding gums, pink/bloody urine, black/bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, dizziness, lightheadedness), symptoms of a blood clot (e.g., swelling/pain in arm or near catheter).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before receiving alteplase, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: blood disorders (e.g., low platelets), recent childbirth, current infection, kidney problems, liver problems, recent surgery or medical procedures (e.g., biopsy, blood test).During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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