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Heparin Topical

INFORMATION

Uses

Heparin Topical is used in thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein).

How it works

Heparin Topical prevents the formation of harmful blood clots.

Common side effects

Rash, Red lumps below the skin surface

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if your injury or illness does not improve, or gets worse after heparin treatment.
  • Do not use gel/ ointment on broken skin or sensitive body parts (nose, mouth, eyes, or genital regions).
  • Avoid direct contact of gel/ ointment with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • Do not use if you are allergic to heparin or any of its ingredients. 
  • Do not use by Children < 5 years.

Frequently asked questions

Heparin Topical

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 glycosaminoglycan carbohydrate and used as an anticoagulant

Q.Does heparin affect blood pressure or sleep?
Heparin is not reported to affect blood pressure or sleep. 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), both of which increase as the ability of blood to clot decreases due to heparin. Heparin may also cause reduced blood platelet count

Q.Is heparin made from pork?
Yes, it is obtained from the intestine of the pig (porcine) or lungs of cattle (bovine), when these animals are slaughtered for meat

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 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)