Heparin is an anticoagulant medicine given as a shot. Your doctor may have given you low-molecular-weight heparin. Anticoagulants are often called blood thinners. They prevent new blood clots from forming and keep existing clots from getting larger.
At first, you may be nervous about giving yourself a shot. But soon, giving the shot will become routine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Follow your doctor's instructions for how often to inject the medicine, which will likely be in prefilled syringes. You may need to give yourself a shot once or twice a day. It is very important to give yourself the shots at the same time each day.
If you miss taking a dose
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Current as of: November 17, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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