GENERIC NAME: STREPTOKINASE - INJECTION (strep-toe-KYE-naze)
BRAND NAME(S): Kabikinase, Streptase
USES: This medication is an enzyme which works to break up and dissolve blood clots which can block arteries. It is used in the treatment of heart attack or lung blood clots (pulmonary embolism) as well as leg blood clots (deep venous thrombosis-DVT).
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection by a health care professional. It is important this medication be used as prescribed. It is most effective when administered as soon as possible (within 6 hours after symptoms (e.g., chest pain) appear.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, dizziness, low blood pressure or mild fever may occur. It can also cause nerve damage. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop: easy bruising, headache, flushing, rapid or abnormal heartbeat, chest pain. A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. Immediately report any signs of bleeding to your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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