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What is the main difference between heparin sodium and heparin calcium

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rout Given: The sodium salt is given IV and the calcium salt is given sub q but the active drug Heparin is the same and functions as a blood thinner.

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Different salts: Heparin comes in different forms. For blood collection tubes, the two common forms are sodium and lithium. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Heparin: According to my readings, both are effective but the calcium preparation causes more discomfort at the injection sites. A hematologist or even your ph ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Heparin is used: To achieve rapid full anti coagulation. Warfarin is then introduced, but takes 5-7 days to establish a therapeutic level.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Low molecular weight: Heparin is used as an anticoagulant. In low doses the intent is to prevent clotting. In full dose it is used to treat an established clot. If is gi ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Lovenox (enoxaparin) vs. heparin: Unfractionated Heparin (UFH) & enoxaparin (lovenox or lmwh) both prevent blood clots by indirectly inhibiting the function of 2 important clotting fac ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Steckelman
Specializes in Pediatrics
Lower it: May decrease it lowering absorption and utilization of ca.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
It's complicated.: Caffeine doesn't have much of an effect on it except slightly as a diuretic. Likewise, alcohol doesn't have much of an effect on it or there'd be calc ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Dehydration: Have your PTH checked and kidney function.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
29 years experience Pediatrics
Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These resul ... Read More

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