lepirudin - injection, Refludan
GENERIC NAME: LEPIRUDIN - INJECTION (leh-PEER-oo-din)
BRAND NAME(S): Refludan
USES: Lepirudin is a type of "blood thinner" used to prevent harmful blood clots. It is usually used in patients who have had a reaction to other "blood thinners" such as heparin (e.g., heparin-induced thrombocytopenia-HIT).Lepirudin works by blocking a certain natural substance (thrombin) that the body uses to form blood clots. Blood clots can stop blood flow to the heart, brain, and limbs, causing a heart attack, stroke, or gangrene.
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