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(HEP a rin)
U.S. Brand Names
Hep-Lock U/P; Hep-Lock®; HepFlush®-10
Canadian Brand Names
Hepalean®; Hepalean® Leo; Hepalean®-LOK
Mexican Brand Names
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to heparin or any other part of this medicine.
• If you are allergic to pork products, talk with healthcare provider.
• If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with healthcare provider.
• 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 any of the following conditions: Bleeding problems or low platelet count.
How does it work?
• Heparin 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 a vein or into the fatty part of the skin.
• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.
• 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)
• Take 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 take 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.
• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
• 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).
• 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.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
Created: 2006-11-02 14:57:35.0
Modified: 2010-03-15 13:03:57.0
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