Compare Heparin vs. Arixtra

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

heparin

Arixtra
(fondaparinux)

Prevents blood clots. Heparin is a good anticoagulant that prevents blood clots. However, you'll need to get frequent blood tests to make sure it's working well.Coming soon.
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Side effects
HeparinArixtra

We haven’t found good data for Heparin side effects.

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How it works
HeparinArixtra
Heparin is an anticoagulant that binds with proteins and platelets to stop blood clots from being made and traveling to the brain, heart, and lungs.Coming soon.
Type of medication
HeparinArixtra
Prescription only
Available as
HeparinArixtra
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for
HeparinArixtra
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis
Risk factors for serious side effects
HeparinArixtra
  • History of bleeding problems
  • Severe high blood pressure
  • Older age
  • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
Detailed Heparin risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Upsides and benefits
    HeparinArixtra
    • Safe to use in pregnancy and if you're breast feeding.
    • There are other medications that can help stop unexpected bleeding while taking Heparin.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • Usually used in the hospital, but can be given at home too.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    HeparinArixtra
    • You'll need to get labs/blood draws done on a regular basis to make sure the drug is working and to make sure you don't get unexpected side effects.
    • You can be at higher risk for bleeding or clotting while taking Heparin compared to other anticoagulants.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    HeparinArixtra
    • Make sure to change where you inject Heparin every time.
    • Don't take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications without talking to your doctor first.
    • You will have to do regular blood draws or labs to make sure that Heparin is working for you.
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