ardeparin- injection, Normiflo (cont.)

USES: This medication is a "blood thinner" which helps prevent formation of blood clots. It is used after knee replacement surgery.

OTHER USES: This drug may also be used for other types of knee surgeries or to treat blood clots.

HOW TO USE: This medication is administered by injection under the skin (subcutaneously), by a health care professional usually twice a day following surgery. Injection sites will be rotated to limit irritation. Therapy with this medication may be continued for 7 to 14 days or until the risk of blood clot formation is limited. Do not inject into a muscle (intramuscularly). Properly discard used syringes and needles.

SIDE EFFECTS: Irritation, pain, tenderness and redness may occur at the site of injection. Nausea or swelling of the hands or feet may also occur. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. If you have had a spinal procedure along with this drug, promptly report weakness, numbness or pain. Notify your doctor if you experience: fever, mental confusion, unusual bruising or bleeding, black stools. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, kidney problems, heart disease, eye problems, bleeding problems, blood disorders, stomach/intestinal problems, severe high blood pressure, stroke, eye/brain/spinal cord surgery, allergies (especially to drugs or pork). This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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