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Heparin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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General Information on Heparin

Generic Name : Heparin
Pronunciation : HEP-a-rin
Latest prescription information about Heparin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y44.2 | Therapeutic Classification : Anticoagulants / Antithrombotics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Heparin

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International : 

Heparin
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Why is Heparin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anticoagulant, prescribed for deep venous thrombosis, arterial embolism and pulmonary embolism. It is also used for prevention of blood clot in heart surgery. It decreases the clotting ability of the blood.

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When should Heparin not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled active bleeding, unexplained bruising, or low blood platelets, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Heparin?

Adult: IV- Loading dose: 5,000 u, then 1,000-2,000 u/hr.

How should Heparin be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Heparin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart problems, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, bleeding problems, ulcer, recent injury, blood disorder, liver or kidney disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may reduce platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.

• Patient may develop with increased risk of Heparin-induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT).

What are the side effects of Heparin?

•   Most Common : Irritation, redness, or mild pain at the injection site.
•   Miscellaneous : Fever, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, constipation, nosebleed, bruising, slight blood in urine, skin necrosis (SC inj), osteoporosis, and hair loss.

What are the other precautions for Heparin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Heparin?

Store at 20°C.


<>Schedule : HPrescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.



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jeyeckumar, India

I think heparin is the best treatment for DVT. I have undergone treatment with heparin infusion for 2 weeks. And i am normal now.

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