INNOHEP, 20,000IU/ML, INJECTABLE
This medication thins the blood and prevents blockage of blood vessels. It acts on certain blood elements involved in the coagulation process. Typically, it is used for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) or for pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs). Even though you may not feel its effects, this medication takes effect within a few hours.
How to use this medication
This product thins the blood and prevents blockage of blood vessels. It belongs to the family of low-molecular weight heparins.
It must be injected under the skin (subcutaneously) in the abdominal region. To use:
- clean the top of the vial with an alcohol swab;
- draw out the prescribed dose with a syringe;
- clean the skin at the injection site with an alcohol swab;
- pinch the skin and inject the medication into the skin fold.
Possible side effects
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
- it may cause headaches;
- it may cause bruising at the injection site;
- it may cause nausea or, rarely, vomiting;
- it may cause nosebleeds.
As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate or allow it to freeze. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.
A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.
Blood donation is usually refused during this treatment.
When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:
- Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
- If you smoke, are pregnant, are planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding;
- The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.
Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.