Heparin Preservative Free (Heparin sodium, porcine) Customer Reviews

Heparin Preservative Free

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Heparin is employed for the prevention and treatment of blood clots. It is utilized to prevent and treat blood clots in the lungs and legs, including cases of atrial fibrillation. It can also be used to address specific blood clotting disorders. Heparin may be prescribed to prevent blood clots following surgery, during dialysis, with blood transfusions, during blood sample collection, or when an individual is immobile for an extended period. By enhancing the efficacy of a natural anti-clotting protein in the body, heparin assists in maintaining smooth blood flow. It is classified as an anticoagulant.

Uses and Dosage

Heparin is available in the form of a solution, administered either intravenously (into a vein) or subcutaneously (deeply under the skin). It is also provided as a less concentrated solution for injection into intravenous catheters. Heparin should never be injected into a muscle.

The frequency of heparin injections can vary, ranging from once to six times a day or as a slow, continuous injection into the vein.

When heparin is utilized to prevent blood clots in intravenous catheters, it is typically administered when the catheter is initially placed and each time blood is drawn or medication is administered through the catheter.

Administration of heparin may be performed by a healthcare professional or, in certain cases, you may be instructed to self-inject at home. If you are required to administer heparin on your own, a healthcare provider will provide instructions on the injection process. If you have any uncertainties regarding where on your body to inject heparin, the injection procedure, or the disposal of used needles and syringes, consult your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for clarification.

Follow the instructions on your prescription label meticulously if you are self-administering heparin. Do not exceed or reduce the prescribed dosage, and adhere to the recommended frequency as directed by your doctor.

Heparin solutions come in different strengths, and using the incorrect strength can lead to serious complications. Before administering an injection, confirm the package label to ensure it matches the prescribed strength. If there’s a discrepancy, do not use the heparin and promptly contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Dosing adjustments may occur during your heparin treatment, and if you are responsible for your injections, ensure you are aware of the correct medication dosage. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if needed.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • redness, pain, bruising, or sores at the spot where heparin was injected
  • hair loss

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds
  • stool that contains bright red blood or is black and tarry
  • blood in urine
  • excessive tiredness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • chest pain, pressure, or squeezing discomfort
  • discomfort in the arms, shoulder, jaw, neck, or back
  • coughing up blood
  • excessive sweating
  • sudden severe headache
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • sudden trouble walking
  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • sudden confusion, or difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • difficulty seeing in one or both eyes


  • Before using heparin, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, including allergies to heparin, pork products, pentosan polysulfate sodium, or any other substances. Certain brands may contain inactive ingredients, like benzyl alcohol, which can potentially cause allergic reactions or other complications.
  • Share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication, particularly if you have a history of bleeding or blood problems, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart issues, recent surgery or procedures, cancer, stomach or intestinal ulcers, tube drainage, liver disease, or elevated levels of potassium in the blood.
  • Exercise caution with sharp objects such as razors and nail cutters, and be mindful of activities that may result in cuts, bruises, or injuries to reduce the risk of harm.
  • The use of this medication may lead to stomach bleeding, and combining it with daily alcohol consumption can increase the risk. Limit alcoholic beverages and consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance on the safe amount of alcohol consumption.
  • As this medication contains sodium, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are on a salt-restricted diet or have a condition that could worsen with increased salt intake, such as heart failure.
  • Older adults, particularly women over 60 years of age, may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, especially bleeding.
  • During pregnancy, use this medication only when necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • This medication does not pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding to ensure the most appropriate decision for your specific situation.

Form and Strength

Heparin Preservative Free is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Heparin Preservative Free vial:
    • 1000 iu/mL


Does Heparin dissolve clots?

No, Heparin doesn’t actually dissolve or break apart blood clots that have already formed. Heparin prevents the blood clot from getting bigger and allows your body to break down the formed clot over time. It also lowers the risk of new blood clots from forming.

Is Heparin a dangerous medication?

Like all anticoagulants, Heparin increases the likelihood of bruising and bleeding from injuries. The medication itself is safe for use.


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  3. https://www.goodrx.com/heparin-sodium/what-is#faqs
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  5. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3918/heparin-porcine-injection/details
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Additional information

Generic name:

Heparin sodium, porcine




1000 iu/mL

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