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Streptokinase

INFORMATION

Uses

Streptokinase is used in the treatment of heart attack, pulmonary embolus (blood clot in lungs) and ischemic stroke (decreased blood supply to brain).

How it works

Streptokinase dissolves the harmful blood clot in the blood vessels

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Nose bleed, Abdominal pain, Chills, Decreased blood pressure, Fever, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Genitourinary bleeding, Altered heart rate, Injection site bleeding, Feeling of cold

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Expert advice

• Inform your doctor if you have a history of tuberculosis, bronchitis (inflammation of the airway passages in the lungs) or other severe lung disease, any heart or circulation problems, or infection caused by streptococcal bacteria or rheumatic fever (bacterial disease in which there is fever and inflammation of the heart, blood vessels and joints) or throat infection.• Patients who are allergic to streptokinase or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients with history of any recent internal bleeding, unusual susceptibility to bleeding,  history of blood vessels disorders (e.g. weakness in an artery, excessive localized swelling of arteries) or uncontrolled high blood pressure or have any clotting disorders or  are taking any drugs to prevent blood clotting.
• Should not be given to patients who have undergone a recent surgery especially of the head or spine, or recently had a stroke, serious head injury, brain tumor, tumor which increases risk of bleeding.
• Should not be given to patients with severe liver or kidney damage or inflammation of the pancreas (acute pancreatitis) or inflammation of inner and outer layers of the heart (endocarditis or pericarditis) or peptic ulceration (sores in the lining of the stomach) or heavy vaginal bleeding.
• Should not be given to pregnant women and children.
 

Frequently asked questions

Streptokinase

Q.Does streptokinase restore perfusion of myocardium?
Yes, streptokinase restores the perfusion of myocardium.


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