What is this medicine?
LEPIRUDIN is an anticoagulant. It is used in a hospital setting to help prevent blood clots.
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 side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
back or stomach pain
black, tarry stools
blood in urine
coughing up blood
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
heavy menstrual bleeding
unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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
infection of the heart valves
lumbar puncture or spinal anesthesia
recent surgery or trauma
stomach or intestinal ulcers
weak or unstable blood vessels
an unusual or allergic reaction to lepirudin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using 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.