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HEPARIN SODIUM 10 IU/ML I.V. FLUSH SOLUTION
Active substance(s): HEPARIN SODIUM
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Heparin sodium 10 IU/ml I.V. flush solution
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start having this medicine.
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
If you have Heparin flush regularly for more than
1. What Heparin flush is and what it is used for
2. Before you have Heparin flush
tests. This is to check the level of platelets (a type
3. How to use Heparin flush
of cell) in your blood while you have your
4. Possible side effects
medicine. Depending on the result the doctor
5. How to store Heparin flush
may tell you to stop having this medicine
6. Further information
1. WHAT HEPARIN FLUSH IS AND WHAT IT
Taking other medicines
IS USED FOR
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
Heparin flush belongs to a group of medicines
called anticoagulants. It helps to stop the blood
medicines. This includes any medicines which
you have bought without a prescription.
Heparin flush is given into an intravenous (I.V.)
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
line. This means it is injected into the tube
connected to a vein to keep it clear by preventing
your doctor before you are given Heparin flush.
the blood from clotting in it. It is not
If you become pregnant while having this
recommended for treatment of harmful blood
clots in your body.
2. BEFORE YOU HAVE HEPARIN FLUSH
advice before having Heparin flush.
Do not have Heparin flush
Driving and using machines
Usually your medicine may have little effect on
any of the other ingredients in your medicine.
You can find a list of these ingredients in
you should check with your doctor if you feel any
section 6 of this leaflet.
effect that may stop you from driving or
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big drop in the clotting cells (platelets) in your
Important information about some of the
(reaction called heparin-induced
ingredients of Heparin flush
This medicine is nearly “sodium
Take special care with Heparin flush
free”. Your medicine contains less than 23
milligrams (mg) of sodium in each 10
International Units (IU) dose.
enoxaparin or dalteparin.
Please ask your doctor if you are worried about
any of the ingredients in this medicine.
3. HOW TO USE HEPARIN FLUSH
Heparin flush will be given to you by a doctor or
nurse. Heparin flush should not be mixed with
any other injection.
How much Heparin flush to have
Your doctor will prescribe the right dose for you.
If you have more Heparin flush than you should
You may start to haemorrhage (bleed severely).
Please read section 4 so you can spot any signs
this may be happening to you.
You may be given another injection of a medicine
called protamine sulphate.
If you have any further questions about taking this
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
When used as recommended the low dose of
heparin reaching the blood is unlikely to have any
given here on possible side effects.
Important side effects to look out for
You must get urgent medical help if you have any
of the following symptoms. You may be having an
x You have difficulty breathing
x Your face or throat swell
x Your skin develops a severe rash
You should tell your doctor straight away if you
spot any of the following signs which mean you
may be starting to bleed severely:
x Red or brown urine
x Black tarry stools
x Unusual bruising
x Bleeding from your nose mouth or any
operation wound that will not stop.
Other possible side effects
may also form harmful clots. A big drop in clotting
cells (platelets) in your blood may give you these
symptoms. Your doctor can explain this more.
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Heparin Sodium 10iu/ml I.V. Flush Solution 50 units in 5ml
250mm x 150mm
Reporting of side effects
pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the yellow card
scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE HEPARIN FLUSH
the label. The expiry date is the last day of that
at once should be discarded.
Medicines should not be thrown away in waste
water or in household waste. Please ask your
pharmacist how to throw away any medicine
you do not need anymore. If you do this you
will help protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Heparin flush contains
This product contains 10 IU of heparin sodium in
each millilitre (ml).
water for injections
You can find important information about some
before section 3.
What Heparin flush looks like and contents of the
liquid. This medicine comes in glass ampoules
containing 5 ml. There are 10 ampoules in a
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
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This leaflet was last revised in July 2014.