- What is heparin-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for heparin-injection?
- Is heparin-injection available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for heparin-injection?
- What are the side effects of heparin-injection?
- What is the dosage for heparin-injection?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with heparin-injection?
- Is heparin-injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about heparin-injection?
What is heparin-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Heparin is a widely used injectable anticoagulant (stops the formation of blood clots). The blood coagulation system is composed of various steps and heparin acts at multiple sites in this process. Heparin prevents blood clots by blocking the action of two of the 12 clot-promoting proteins in blood (factors X and II) whose action is necessary for blood to clot. The FDA approved heparin in 1939.
What brand names are available for heparin-injection?
Hemochron, Hep-Lock, Hep-Lock U/P, Heparin in 5% Dextrose, Heparin Lock Flush, HepFlush-10
Is heparin-injection available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for heparin-injection?
What are the side effects of heparin-injection?
The most common side effects are hemorrhage (bleeding), thrombocytopenia (decrease platelet count), heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), heparin induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (HITT), injection site discomfort/irritation, allergy or hypersensitivity type reactions, and increase in liver enzymes.
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