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Heparin in the form of injection is used to treat and prevent blood clots in the veins, arteries, or lung. Heparin is also used before surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots. Heparin is also used topically as ointment or gel to treat inflammation, pain, and itching due to piles; and other ano-rectal diseases (proctitis, periproctitis); pain and inflammation of the veins (thrombophlebitis), and bruising due to blood clots.

How it works

Heparin belongs to group of medicines called anticoagulants. It prevents the formation of blood clots.

Common side effects

Osteoporosis, Frequent and excessive erections of penis, Bruise, Bleeding, Chills, Shortness of breath, Hair loss, Injection site pain, Injection site redness, Reduced blood platelets


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Expert advice

  • Do not heparin if you are sensitive to heparin or any other ingredients of the drug.
  • Avoid using heparin are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not heparin if you are already taking aspirin or other blood thinner medications.
  • Tell your doctor if your injury or illness does not improve, or gets worse after heparin treatment.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is heparin a protein, anticoagulant (blood thinner), thrombolytic agent (clot buster), or antiplatelet (antiaggregant)?
Heparin is not a protein, thrombolytic agent, or antiplatelet drug. It is a member of glycosaminoglycan carbohydrate and used as an anticoagulant.
Q. Can I take Advil (ibuprofen), Tylenol (acetaminophen), or aspirin with heparin?
Heparin in injectable form may interact with Advil and aspirin but it is not reported to interact with Tylenol. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use.
Q. Does heparin affect blood pressure or sleep?
Heparin is not reported to affect blood pressure or sleep. Do consult your doctor if you experience such symptoms.
Q. Does heparin affect platelets, INR (international normalized ratio), or PTT (partial thromboplastin time)?
Heparin affects INR (used to monitor the effectiveness of the anticoagulant), and PTT (blood test determines the blood clotting time), It may cause reduced blood platelet count.
Q. Is heparin made from pork?
Yes,it is made from pork or other animal tissues.
Q. Is heparin unfractionated?
There are two forms of heparin used as anti-coagulants; fractionated and low molecular weight heparins. Please see the product leaflet for more information.
Q. Is heparin present in human body?
Yes,it is produced in the body by mast cells.
Q. Does heparin come in pill form?
No,it is available as gel, ointment, and an injection form.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)