What is Heparin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Heparin is an anticoagulant drug used to prevent blood clots in a variety of situations. Due to its short half life and vulnerability to digestion when taken orally, it must be injected frequently. It is most commonly used in hospital settings rather than at home.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Deep vein thrombosis 23 9
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome 13 3
Factor V Leiden 7 2
Ischemia stroke 3 1
Prevent blood clotting 2 1
Protein C deficiency 2 0

Show all 17 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 1
Mild 2
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heparin

Side effect Patients
Bruising 3
Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) 2
Bone pain 1
Chronic urticarial lesions 1
Elevated liver enzymes 1
Fatigue 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Heparin

Dosage Patients
100 units monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Heparin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 34
Doctor's advice 8
Other 5
Expense 3
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking Heparin

Duration

Currently taking Heparin

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Heparin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 16
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 6
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Heparin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Warfarin (Coumadin) 2
Dabigatran (Pradaxa) 1
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) 1

Patients stopped taking Heparin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Warfarin (Coumadin) 5
Enoxaparin (Lovenox) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Heparin

Jan 11, 2014 (Started Mar 02, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for deep vein thrombosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 8, 2004 (Started Aug 01, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 units Daily
Advice & Tips: walk around with an I.V hook-up in hand for a week, keeping it clean-was not very difficult, but very happy when i did stop traveling to facility for daily treatments.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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