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Heparin and YOU

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The drug Heparin is used as a blood thinner in the prevention of blood clots in the veins, arteries, or lungs as well as before surgeries to reduce the risk of blood clots. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

  • Swelling at injection site
  • Bone pain
  • Easily broken bones

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these serious side effects occur:

  • Pain/loss of feeling in the arms/legs
  • Change in color of the arms/legs
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Confusion
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision changes

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these serious allergic reactions occur:

  • Rash
  • Itching/swelling (especially on the face/tongue/throat)
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble breathing

This is not the complete list of side effects, but if you thin heparin is affecting you then contact your doctor immediately and make sure that your health is not at risk.