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tinzaparin - injection, Innohep (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.Before using tinzaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to heparin or pork products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites, benzyl alcohol), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using tinzaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have: current serious bleeding (e.g., bleeding ulcer), a past blood-clotting problem because of heparin (heparin-induced thrombocytopenia).Before using tinzaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma, artificial heart valves, bleeding/blood problems (e.g., low platelet count), certain eye problem (diabetic retinopathy), high blood pressure, infections in the heart (bacterial endocarditis), kidney disease, liver disease, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., recent ulcers, colitis), stroke, recent spinal procedures or puncture, spine problems (such as spinal deformity), recent surgery (especially on the eye, brain, or spine).Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like safety razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for serious (sometimes fatal) side effects (such as bleeding) while using this drug. If you are elderly and have kidney problems, your doctor may stop tinzaparin and prescribe a different medication for your condition. Consult your doctor for more details.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Since the benzyl alcohol in tinzaparin can affect the unborn baby, a preservative-free product should be used in pregnant women if possible.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.



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