GENERIC NAME: HEPARIN LOCK FLUSH-INJECTION (HEP-a-rin)
BRAND NAME(S): Hep-Lock
USES: This medication is used to keep IV catheters open and flowing freely. Heparin helps to keep blood flowing smoothly and from clotting in the catheter by making a certain natural substance in your body (anti-clotting protein) work better. It is known as an anticoagulant.This form of heparin must not be used to treat or prevent blood clots in the body.Some products should not be used for newborns due to an increased risk of side effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into the IV catheter as directed by your doctor. Do not inject this medication into the body.Heparin comes in many strengths. Serious (sometimes fatal) injuries have occurred when the wrong strength was used. Check that you are using the correct strength and dose before injecting this medication.Flush the catheter/line with normal saline before and after infusing drugs that interact with heparin such as doxorubicin, droperidol, ciprofloxacin, and mitoxantrone.If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
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