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Heparin

Information

Uses

Heparin is used in the treatment of heart attack, deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in deep veins) and pulmonary embolus (blood clot in lungs)

How it works

Heparin prevents the formation of harmful blood clots.

Common side effects

Bleeding

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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

Heparin

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

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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

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Is heparin made from pork?
Yes,it is made from pork or other animal tissues

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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

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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 21 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)