Hep-Lock Side Effects

Generic Name: heparin flush

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of heparin flush. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Hep-Lock.

Not all side effects for Hep-Lock may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to heparin flush: intravenous kit, intravenous solution

Heparin flush can cause bleeding. Call your doctor at once if you have easy bruising or unusual bleeding, such as a nosebleed, black or bloody tarry stools, or any bleeding that will not stop.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking heparin flush (the active ingredient contained in Hep-Lock) nausea, vomiting, sweating, hives, itching, trouble breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, or feeling like you might pass out..

Stop using heparin flush and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • feeling like you might pass out;

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;

  • sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;

  • chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate;

  • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;

  • skin changes in your arms, legs, hands, or feet; or

  • (in an infant) extreme drowsiness, weakness, or gasping for breath.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to heparin flush: intravenous kit, intravenous solution

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects have included new thrombus formation in association with thrombocytopenia resulting from irreversible aggregation of platelets induced by heparin, the so-called "white clot syndrome". The process may lead to severe thromboembolic complications like skin necrosis, gangrene of the extremities that may lead to amputation, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and possibly death. Thrombocytopenia has been reported to occur in patients receiving heparin with a reported incidence of 0 to 30%.

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects include the remote possibility of hypersensitivity reaction from the entry of extremely small subtherapeutic amounts of the heparin flush (the active ingredient contained in Hep-Lock) solution into the circulation. Such an occurrence has not been reported.

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