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.
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