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Last Updated 26 Jul 2011

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Fragmin 10,000units/1ml solution for injection ampoules

Fragmin (Frag-min) is a medicine which is used in prevention of blood clots, prevention of blood clots during dialysis, treatment of blood clots, treatment of myocardial infarction and treatment of unstable angina. Fragmin contains dalteparin sodium. It is supplied by Pfizer Limited.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Fragmin varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

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Fragmin 10,000units/1ml solution for injection ampoules

Information specific to Fragmin 10,000units/1ml solution for injection ampoules when used in treatment of myocardial infarction

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Your medicine

Fragmin is used to treat blood clots or to prevent blood clots from forming.

Fragmin is usually given to you by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

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When to take your medicine

The person with responsibility for giving you your medicine will make sure that you have your medicine at the prescribed times.

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How to take your medicine

This medicine will be given to you by a healthcare professional. If you have any concerns about this medicine or how this will be given to you, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Having extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems.

In the case of Fragmin, the person who is responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you are given the correct dose.

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Stopping your medicine

The person in charge of your care will make the decision about when you should stop this medicine. If you experience any problems while having this medicine, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

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Looking after your medicine

As Fragmin will be given to you as an injection, it will usually be stored by the medical team.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Fragmin is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for a child.

As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:

  • to determine whether or not the medicine is suitable and whether it must be prescribed with extra care
  • to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects

Over time it is possible that Fragmin can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Fragmin has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who have Fragmin:

  • abnormal laboratory test results
  • bleeding - some may be fatal
  • injection site problems such as pain or haematoma
  • thrombocytopenia

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who have Fragmin:

Rare: More than 1 in 10,000 people who have Fragmin:

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • anaphylactic reactions
  • bleeding in the spine in people who are having a needle inserted into the region of the spinal cord. Bleeding in the spine may lead to long term or permanent paralysis. You should look out for numbness or weakness in the lower part of the body and legs, bowel or urinary problems or back pain. If any of these occur you must immediately talk to someone involved in your medical care
  • blood clot on the heart valve in people who have had a heart valve replacement
  • endocrine problems
  • may affect the results for certain tests

The following side effects have been reported in people who have had medicines similar to Fragmin. The frequency of these side-effects in people who have Fragmin is not known:

  • osteoporosis - this may occur if heparin is taken for a long period of time

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.

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Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Fragmin:

The following types of medicine may interact with Fragmin:

Some recreational drugs are also known to interact with Fragmin. Make sure that you tell your prescriber if you plan to use or have recently used:

  • tobacco

If you are taking Fragmin and any of the medicines, types of medicines or recreational drugs shown above, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Fragmin.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Fragmin:

  • this medicine will not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery

You should see how this medicine affects you before you judge whether you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt about whether you should drive or operate machinery, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Fragmin:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when having Fragmin
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Fragmin:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Fragmin
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Fragmin:

  • the use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended. You should only have this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Fragmin, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Fragmin:

  • you should only have this medicine while breast-feeding if your doctor thinks you need it

Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. They will help you decide what is best for you and your baby based on the benefits and risks associated with this medicine. You should only breast-feed your baby while taking this medicine on the advice of your doctor or midwife.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

Fragmin contains:

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Fragmin before, do not have Fragmin. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Fragmin, Version 10, last updated 26 Jul 2011