bivalirudin - injection, Angiomax
GENERIC NAME: BIVALIRUDIN - INJECTION (bye-VAL-ih-roo-din)
BRAND NAME(S): Angiomax
USES: Bivalirudin is a type of "blood thinner" used instead of heparin 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 aspirin.Bivalirudin works by blocking a certain natural substance (thrombin) that the body uses to form blood clots. Blood clots can 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.Gently swirl the medication to mix. Do not shake. 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 before your procedure. It is then given slowly into a vein until the procedure is over. It may be continued for 4 to 20 hours after your procedure or as directed by your doctor.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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