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How is low molecular weight heparin used?

How is low molecular weight heparin used?

Low molecular weith: 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 given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which is more convenient than a continuous IV infusion of standard heparin. ...Read more

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Heparin (Definition)

Heparin is a drug that thins the blood to prevents clots in blood vessels. It is given by intravenous line and requires close ...Read more


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What is difference between low molecular weight heparin and normal heparin?

What is difference between low molecular weight heparin and normal heparin?

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 given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which is more convenient than a continuous IV infusion of standard heparin. ...Read more

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What to do about heparin vs. Lovenox (enoxaparin) medication?

What to do about heparin vs. Lovenox (enoxaparin) medication?

What is question?: "Using heparin together with enoxaparin may increase the risk of bleeding, including severe and sometimes fatal hemorrhage. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns." (http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1235-11326, 978-533) ...Read more

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I am a nursing student. My patient had an INR of 1.2 so he was put on heparin. Do you know what may have caused his INR to be that low?

I am a nursing student. My patient had an INR of 1.2 so he was put on heparin. Do you know what may have caused his INR to be that low?

Nothing, because...: If nothing is going on, a person will have a normal inr, which is 0.8-1.2. The INR gets higher when a person is put on medication to become anticoagulated. ...Read more

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In mid-July, treated for DVT/PE with TPA clotbuster + heparin, followed by Xarelto. Is it safe to do weight training on legs?

In mid-July, treated for DVT/PE with TPA clotbuster + heparin, followed by Xarelto. Is it safe to do weight training on legs?

Progress known?: From your question I see that you're roughly 8 weeks from the insult. Before you begin intense exercise I would like to know if you've had a follow up ultrasound. I would want to know if your legs are now free of clots. If the veins now look clear and your breathing is back to baseline I would feel that you could engage in weight training again. As always, it's important to listen to your body. ...Read more

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What is the heparin?

Heparin: Is a naturally occurring anticoagulant produced by basophils and mast cells. In therapeutic doses it prevents the formation and extension of blood clots. It allows the body's natural clot dissolving mechanisms to work normally to break down clots. It is used when heart attack is imminent (acute coronary syndrome), deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, in heart surgery, to prevent stroke in A fib ...Read more

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What are normal heparin levels?

Zero: Heparin is not a normal constituent of blood. Even when Heparin is administered for therapeutic purposes, its effect is measured by testing for activated thromboplastin time (appt), not Heparin levels. ...Read more

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How are heparin injections given?

Subq: Most Heparin injections are administered subcutaneously or intravenously. ...Read more

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Are local allergic reactions to heparin common?

No: Allergic reactions to Heparin are not common but can occur. ...Read more

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Is "heparin" the same thing as "unfractionated heparin"?

Yes: There are types of heparin: unfractionated (heparin) and low molecular weight heparin (Lovenox). ...Read more

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How long does lmwh or heparin stay in the system for? I had a dose based on my bodyweight 84kg as they couldn't scan me overnight.

It depends on...: It depends on the way it was given. Regular heparin is given IV and has a short stay in blood. When these are given under the skin (SubQ), they are present int he body for 24 to 48 hours. ...Read more

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How does heparin work to assist conception?

This is a myth: There is a lot of misinformation about Heparin and Lovenox (enoxaparin) out there. These are injectable blood thinners that can be helpful for women with recurrent miscarriage due to anti phospholipid syndrome - a type of lupus. It is currently not recommended for infertility or for recurrent miscarriage unless you have anti phospholipid syndrome. This is a new acog recommendation just this year. ...Read more

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Do you bleed to death if your heparin gets overdosed by injection?

Do you bleed to death if your heparin gets overdosed by injection?

Heparin overdose: Although Heparin can cause bleeding (if given appropriately or not), available treatments such as infusion of its antidote (protamine) and plamsa transfusion can usually prevent life-threatening complications. ...Read more

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What happens if heparin affects the formation of thrombin then why pt is not prolonged?

Two pathway measures: The PT can be with VERY HIGH doses of heparin but generally remember our coagulation system has two primary enzymatic pathways measured differently in the lab
1. Intrinsic system :measured by aPTT (activatted partial thromboplastin time) and prolonged by heparin and

2. Extrinsic system: measured by PT (prothrombin time) and prolonged by coumadin (warfarin).They then converge at the final common pathway. ...Read more

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Are aggrenox and heparin given together?

Possibly: They can be - it depends on the indication. The risk of bleeding will be increased but the risk of clotting will be lowered. It's a judgement call. That why doctors need a lot training. ...Read more

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Can someone mix heparin and dobutamine hci?

Heparin dobutamine: Not in the same bag for IV delivery. They can be given simultaneously iv. ...Read more

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How safe is heparin during pregnancy?

How safe is heparin during pregnancy?

Requires care: Heparin, a blood thinner, can cause serious bleeding problems. While complications are rare, when they happen, they can be severe. Using Heparin requires expert care. ...Read more

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Why is heparin active in vitro while warfarin is not?

Why is heparin active in vitro while warfarin is not?

Heparin: Warfarin works by interfering with production of clotting factors so needs a living body. Heparin is a direct clotting factor inhibitor. It can work in vitro. ...Read more

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What are the major differences between aspirin, heparin and warfrin?

What are the major differences between aspirin, heparin and warfrin?

Drugs: Aspirin poisons the blood platelets and interferes with platelet dependent coagulation. Heparin is an injectable drug that interferes with clotting. Warfarin is an oral drug which poisons an enzyme which blocks prothrombin production which blocks clotting. ...Read more

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What is heparin lock?

What is heparin lock?

Just a device: It is a means of infusing drugs or fluids. In this case specifically heparin. thru a canula or drip ...Read more

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What are heparin and insulin?

What are heparin and insulin?

Heparin: Heparin is anticoagulant. Insulin is hormone produced by pancreas and given to type 1 diabetics whose pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. ...Read more

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Is there an antidote for heparin?

Yes: There is a drug called Protamine sulfate that can counteract Heparin in the case of overdose. It binds to heparin, inactivating its anticoagulant ability. ...Read more