Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 4, 2018.
What are other common names?
- Aortic GAGs
- Aortic Glycosaminoglycanes
- Aortic Glycosaminoglycannes
- Aortic Glycosaminoglycans
- Heparinoid Fraction
- Mesoglycan Sodium
What is this product used for?
Aortic extract has been used by some people to help the blood vessels work better or to improve circulation. Some people use it to help protect their blood vessels from diseases or prevent stroke. Aortic extract is also used for treating leg ulcers.
What are the precautions when taking this product?
Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.
Most aortic extract is made from the aorta of animals such as sheep, pigs, or cows. There is always the possibility that a product like this could have been made from the remains of diseased animals.
This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.
Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.
Take extra care if you are allergic to heparin.
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. Some of these are: Coumadin, Lovenox, Xarelto, or Plavix.
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase (Activase), reteplase (Retavase), streptokinase (Streptase), or urokinase (Abbokinase).
Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Naprosyn).
Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.
Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:
High blood pressure
Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.
Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.
What should I watch for?
When do I need to call the doctor?
Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.
Very bad throwing up
Very bad belly pain
Very bad loose stools
Bruising or bleeding that is not normal
Changes in menstrual periods, like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles
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