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Dec 28th, 2018

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Dalteparin (porcine)

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Pronounced

"dal-teh-PAIR-in"

Common brand names:

Fragmin

Uses

Dalteparin is used to treat and prevent harmful blood clots. Preventing harmful blood clots helps to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. This medication helps keep your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the activity of clotting proteins in the blood. Dalteparin is a type of heparin, and works as an anticoagulant (commonly called a "blood thinner").

Conditions that increase your risk of developing blood clots include certain types of surgeries (such as hip replacement or abdominal surgery), long periods of being in one position (immobile), certain types of heart attack, and a certain type of chest pain called unstable angina. For some medical conditions, dalteparin may be used in combination with other "blood thinners."

Dalteparin may also be used to treat and prevent clots from coming back in patients with cancer.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using dalteparin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection under the skin as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. Do not inject into a muscle. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. The dosage may also be based on your weight for some conditions.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package. You should be lying down or sitting when you inject yourself. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. This medication should not be mixed with or added to any other medication in the same syringe. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. To minimize bruising, do not rub the injection site after a shot. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

To prevent blood clots due to surgery, your doctor may direct you to start using this medication before or after surgery and continue for several days. Follow your doctor's directions closely.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.

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