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Desirudin

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Iprivask

    Uses
    • It is used to thin the blood so that clots will not form.
    • Desirudin changes the body's clotting system. It thins the blood to stop clots from forming.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin on the right or left side of the belly or thigh.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Move the site where you give the shot with each shot.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • People who have had recent spinal anesthesia, epidurals, or spinal taps are more likely to have bleeding problems when started on this drug. This bleeding rarely happens, but can be very bad. Tell your doctor if you have had any spinal care. Do not take any other blood-thinner drugs including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
    • Tell your doctor you use this drug before you get spinal anesthesia or a spinal treatment.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to desirudin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have bleeding problems.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Talk with your doctor before using products that have aspirin, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain drugs, or vitamin E.
    • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
    • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
    • Use care to stop injury and avoid falls or crashes.

    Side Effects

    • Bleeding problems.
    • Irritation where the shot is given.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • A fall or crash when you hit your head. Talk with your doctor even if you feel fine.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

    Author information
    • Copyright 1978-2013 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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