danaparoid-injection, Orgaran (cont.)

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

OTHER USES: This drug may also be used to treat actual blood clots in certain circumstances.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection under the skin (subcutaneously) by a health care professional usually twice daily following surgery. Injection sites will be rotated to limit irritation. Therapy with this drug may be continued for 7 to 14 days or until the risk of blood clot formation is limited. This drug should not be injected into a muscle (IM).

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, constipation, pain, redness or irritation at the injection site, headache, weakness or dizziness may occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Report promptly: unusual bleeding or bruising, black stools, fever. Unlikely but report promptly: swelling of the hands or feet, trouble sleeping, joint pains, urinary problems. If you have had a spinal procedure along with this drug, promptly report: weakness, numbness, pain. In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe 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: allergies (especially drug or pork allergies), bleeding disorders, strokes, kidney problems, severe high blood pressure, heart infections, stomach or intestinal ulcers, recent nervous system or eye surgery. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: other blood thinners (e.g., warfarin, heparin), aspirin, NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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