Heparin

Brand Names

Liquaemin®, Panheparin®, Lipo-Hepin®. There may be other names for this medication.

How is it Administered?

Heparin is a solution that can be injected into a vein or injected deep under the skin. It should not be injected into muscle. A more dilute form may be injected into an IV catheter.

Why am I Taking Heparin?

Heparin is given to prevent blood clots from forming in people who are at risk of developing blood clots due to a medical procedure or an underlying medical condition. If a blood clot has already formed in a blood vessel, heparin may be given to prevent it from getting larger. Heparin cannot be used to make an existing clot smaller.

Heparin is also used in small amounts to prevent blood clots from forming inside intravenous catheters.

How Does Heparin Work?

Heparin is in a class of medications called anticoagulants (blood thinners). It works by decreasing the ability of the blood to clot.

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