Prevents blood clots.
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Side effects for Heparin
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- 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.
Risks and Warnings for HeparinSkip Risks and Warnings section. Skip to Tips section.
- Higher risk if:
- › History of bleeding problems
- › Severe high blood pressure
- › Older age
There are certain medicines that can significantly change the amount of Heparin in your body, putting you at risk for bleeding or making the drug less effective. Let your doctor know about other prescription and non-prescription medicines you're taking, especially other medicines that affect bleeding risk like aspirin and NSAIDs.