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HEPARIN SODIUM BP 1000 IU/L IN 0.9% W/V SODIUM CHLORIDE IV INFUSION

Active substance(s): CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE / HEPARIN / SODIUM CHLORIDE / SODIUM PHOSPHATE

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Package leaflet: Information for the patient
Heparin Sodium BP 1000 IU/L in 0.9% w/v Sodium Chloride IV Infusion
Active substance: Heparin Sodium
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
are given this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

• stop tubes that are put into your blood vessels
(catheters) from getting blocked by blood clots.
2 What you need to know before you are given
Heparin Sodium Solution
Your doctor will not give you Heparin Sodium
Solution if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active
ingredient or any of the other ingredients of
Heparin Sodium Solution (listed in section 6)
• you tend to have difficulty in stopping bleeding.

Throughout this leaflet, Heparin Sodium BP 1000
IU/L in 0.9% w/v Sodium Chloride IV Infusion will
be called Heparin Sodium Solution.

You will not be given Heparin Sodium Solution if
any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure
if you have any of these conditions, talk to your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist before having Heparin
Sodium Solution.

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Heparin Sodium Solution is and what it
is used for
2. What you need to know before you are given
Heparin Sodium Solution
3. How you will be given Heparin Sodium Solution
4. Possible side effects
5. How Heparin Sodium Solution is stored
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before
being given Heparin Sodium Solution.
Your doctor will take special care with this
medicine if:
• you have kidney or heart problems
• you are at risk of losing large amounts of blood
(haemorrhage)
• you have high blood pressure

1 What Heparin Sodium Solution is and what it
is used for
Heparin Sodium Solution contains a medicine
called heparin. It belongs to a group of medicines
called antithrombotics or anticoagulants, they stop
your blood from clotting.

Also you need to be checked carefully and you may
need a blood potassium test to make sure Heparin
Sodium Solution is suitable for you if:
• you have kidney problems, diabetes or too
much acid in your blood (metabolic acidosis)
• you have ever been told by your doctor that you
have too much potassium in your blood.

Heparin Sodium Solution is used to:
• stop blood clotting when it is removed from
your body, for example during dialysis. Dialysis
is used to help your kidneys remove toxins from
If any of the above apply to you (or you are not
your blood
sure), check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
before being given this medicine. You may need to
be checked carefully and your treatment may be
changed.
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Other medicines and Heparin Sodium Solution

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are
taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines. This includes medicines that you have
obtained yourself, without a prescription, including
herbal medicines and natural products. Your doctor
will check that any other medicines you are taking
will not alter the way that Heparin Sodium Solution
works.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking any medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. They will advise you if this treatment is
suitable for you.
Driving and using machines
Heparin Sodium Solution has little or no influence
on the ability to drive or use machines. Please
inform your doctor and they will advise you if you
can drive or use machines.

In particular, tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if
you are taking any of the following:
• medicines that change the way your blood clots
such as aspirin or ibuprofen
• warfarin or dicoumarol, because they may
affect the results of some blood tests that are
used to check how well your blood clots
• medicines that lower the amount of potassium
that passes into your urine, such as certain
medicines used to treat high blood pressure,
called ACE inhibitors or Angiotensin-II
anatgonists.
• medicines that contain corticosteroids or
corticotrophin such as those used to treat
asthma and some allergic reactions, as the
sodium in Heparin Sodium Solution may
interfere with the action of these.

3 How you will be given Heparin Sodium
Solution
The recommended dose
Your doctor will decide how much of the medicine
you will need and for how long it will be given to
you. This will depend on:
• your age and weight
• the reason you are being given the medicine
• if it is being given to you to keep your catheter
clear, the dose will depend on the type of
catheter you have.
How Heparin Sodium Solution is given
The solution will be given as a slow injection
(infusion) through a plastic tube (catheter) which
will be placed carefully into your vein by a doctor
or nurse. Heparin Sodium Solution is not effective
if given orally.

If you are not sure if any of the above applies to
you, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before
having Heparin Sodium Solution.
Tests you may have while Heparin Sodium
Solution is used

If you have too much Heparin Sodium Solution

Your doctor may want to check:
• your blood potassium level before treatment if
you have certain conditions (see ‘Warnings and
Precautions’ for more information)
• your blood potassium level during treatment, if
your treatment is going to last longer than
7 days
• your blood levels of other substances called
‘electrolytes’, such as sodium. If you are having
difficulty breathing or have swollen legs and
arms.
• the level of red blood cells in your blood
• for traces of blood in your stools.

It is unlikely that you will be given more Heparin
Sodium Solution than you should, because it will
be given to you by a trained and qualified person.
They will discontinue the infusion straightaway if
too much was given.
If you have any further questions on the use
of this product, ask your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist.
4 Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, Heparin Sodium Solution can
cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
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Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist straight
away if you notice any of the following side
effects, which can be serious. The infusion may
also need to be stopped.
• allergic reaction, the signs may include high
temperature, rash, watery and red eyes
or wheezing, headache, nausea and vomiting.
If you have a reaction to the medicine, it will be
stopped
• nose bleeds, unusual bruising or blood in your
urine. This may mean you have been given too
much Heparin Sodium Solution.
• temporary hair loss
• brittle bones (osteoporosis)
• it is also possible that your blood will not clot
properly for a short time after having this
medicine
• rarely, high potassium levels in your blood
(usually only seen in blood tests) particularly if
you have diabetes or kidney problems.

6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Heparin Sodium Solution contains
The active substances are heparin sodium
1,000 International Units (IU) in each litre (L),
sodium chloride (9 g/L), disodium phosphate
dodecahydrate (5.8 g/L) and citric acid
monohydrate (405 mg/L).
The other ingredient is sterile water (called ‘water
for injections’).
What Heparin Sodium Solution looks like and
contents of the pack
It is supplied as a clear solution for infusion (slow
injection) in a 500 ml or 1000 ml VIAFLEX plastic
bag with a plastic overpouch. Do not remove from
overpouch until ready for use.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturers
The Marketing Authorisation holder is:
Baxter Healthcare Ltd
Caxton Way, Thetford
Norfolk, IP24 3SE
United Kingdom

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effect, talk to your doctor or nurse.
This includes any possible side effect not listed in
this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine:

Send all enquires to this address.
Heparin Sodium Solution can be made at any of
these addresses:

United Kingdom: Via the Yellow Card Scheme at
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

Baxter Healthcare Ltd
Caxton Way, Thetford
Norfolk, IP24 3SE
United Kingdom

5 How Heparin Sodium Solution is stored

Baxter Healthcare S.A.
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Ireland

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Hospital staff will ensure that the product is stored
and disposed of correctly and not used after the
expiry date stated on the product label after EXP.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month
• Do not store above 25ºC.
• Heparin Sodium Solution must not be used if
the container is damaged or the solution is not
clear.

NV Baxter SA
Boulevard D’Houraing
7860-Lessines
Belgium
This leaflet was last revised in September 2014.

The solution should only be used once. Any left
over solution should be discarded.
Do not throw any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These
measures will help protect the environment.
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Other sources of information

For information about Heparin
Sodium Solution or to request this
leaflet in formats such as audio
or large print please contact the
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Tel: +44 (0)1635 206345.
Baxter and Viaflex are trademarks of Baxter
International Inc.

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