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Generic: desirudin
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It is used to help prevent blood clots in patients having hip replacement surgery
               



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What is this medicine?

DESIRUDIN is an anticoagulant. It is used to help prevent blood clots in patients having hip replacement surgery.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding disorders or hemophilia
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney or liver disease
  • lumbar puncture or spinal anesthesia
  • recent surgery or trauma
  • stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • weak or unstable blood vessels
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to desirudin, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • agents that dissolve blood clots, like heparin
  • blood thinners such as warfarin
  • mifepristone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • abciximab
  • aspirin and aspirin- like medicines
  • cilostazol
  • clopidogrel
  • dipyridamole
  • eptifibatide
  • lamifiban
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • sulfinpyrazone
  • ticlopidine
  • tirofiban

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Monitor your skin closely for easy bruising or red spots. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you notice any unusual bruising or bleeding.

Be careful to avoid injury while you are receiving this medicine. Take special care brushing or flossing your teeth. Report any injuries to your doctor or health care professional.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have received this medicine.

               
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