- heparin sodium
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HEPARIN SODIUM 100 IU/ml I.V. FLUSH SOLUTION
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Heparin sodium 100 IU/ml I.V. flush solution
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Heparin flush is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Heparin flush
3. How to use Heparin flush
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Heparin flush
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT HEPARIN FLUSH IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Heparin flush belongs to a group of medicines called anticoagulants. It helps to stop the blood from clotting.
Heparin flush is given into an intravenous (I.V.) line. This means it is injected into the tube connected to a vein to keep it clear by preventing the blood from clotting in it.
It is not recommended for treatment of harmful blood clots in your body.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HAVE HEPARIN FLUSH
Do not have Heparin flush
Do not give this medicine to a premature baby, a newborn baby, or a baby up to a month old.
Take special care with Heparin flush
Before you have Heparin flush, tell your doctor:
If you have Heparin flush regularly for more than five days, your doctor may take regular blood tests. This is to check the level of platelets (a type of cell) in your blood while you have your medicine.
Depending on the result the doctor may tell you to stop having this medicine straight away.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes any medicines which you have bought without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Unless your doctor has told you it is essential, you must not have Heparin flush if you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant.
Read the information about benzyl alcohol in the section "Important information about some of the ingredients of Heparin flush". If you are pregnant or might be pregnant, tell your doctor before you are given Heparin flush.
If you become pregnant while having this medicine, tell your doctor.
If you are breast-feeding, ask your doctor for advice before having Heparin flush.
Driving and using machines
Usually your medicine may have little effect on your ability to drive or use machines. However, you should check with your doctor if you feel any side effect that may stop you from driving or using machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Heparin flush
This medicine contains:
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.
The recommended dose of Heparin Flush is
2 ml containing 200 IU of heparin should be administered into the catheter/cannula every 4-8 hours or as required. Your doctor will prescribe the right dose for you.
If you take 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 medicine, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
When used as recommended the low dose of heparin reaching the blood is unlikely to have any effects on the body. However, information is 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 allergic reaction:
You should tell your doctor straight away if you spot any of the following signs which mean you may be starting to bleed severely:
Other possible side effects
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed on this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE HEPARIN FLUSH
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. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Heparin flush contains
You can find important information about some of the ingredients near the end of section 2, just before section 3.
What Heparin flush looks like and contents of the pack
Heparin flush is a clear, colourless or pale yellow liquid. This medicine comes in glass ampoules containing 2 ml. There are 10 ampoules in a carton.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer responsible for batch release:
This leaflet was last revised in June 2018.