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Heparin

Introduction

Name

  • Heparin.

Class of drug

  • Anticoagulant.

Uses

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Indications

  • Given to promote anticoagulation.
  • Primary uses in small animal medicine include the treatment of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) Disseminated intravascular coagulation and thromboembolic disease, and the maintenance of IV catheter patency.
    Use in DIC is controversial and information on efficacy is lacking.

Administration

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Precautions

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Interactions

with other drugs



ACTH
  • May antagonize the actions of ACTH.
Corticosteroids
  • May antagonize the actions of corticosteroids.
Insulin
  • May antagonize the actions of insulin.
Diazepam
  • May increase plasma levels of diazepam.
Antihistamines, digoxin and tetracyclines
  • The actions of heparin may be partially counteracted.

Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Based onSmall Animal Formulary.Tennant, Bryn (1999) 3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.

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