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Desirudin
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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Desirudin Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(des i ROO din)

U.S. Brand Names

Iprivask®

Pharmacologic Category

Anticoagulant, Thrombin Inhibitor

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• People who have had recent spinal anesthesia, epidurals, or spinal taps are more likely to have bleeding problems when started on this medicine. This bleeding rarely happens, but can be severe. Tell healthcare provider if you have had any spinal procedures. Do not take any other blood-thinner medicines including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

• Tell healthcare provider you use this medicine before you receive spinal anesthesia or a spinal procedure.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to desirudin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have bleeding problems.

How does it work?

• Desirudin changes the body's clotting system. It thins the blood to prevent clots from forming.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin on the right or left side of the stomach or thigh.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Move site where you give the shot with each shot.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Signs or symptoms of bleeding.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

Created: 2009-11-06 10:11:46.0

Modified: 2010-03-24 12:43:47.0

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