Innohep treats blood clots in the legs known as DVT. It is typically given with another medication called warfarin. This medication has been discontinued.
Innohep belongs to a group of drugs called low molecular weight heparins or "blood thinners". These work by blocking the function of enzymes involved in making blood clots.
This medication comes in an injectable form to be given directly under the skin (subcutaneously) by a heathcare professional and is typically injected once daily for at least 6 days.
Common side effects of Innohep include bleeding, pain at the injection site, and upset stomach.
Innohep can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Innohep affects you.
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Uses of Innohep
Innohep is a prescription medication used with warfarin to treat a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a type of blood clot that typically begins in the lower legs. Innohep can be given for a DVT with or without a pulmonary embolism, which is when the blood clots travel to the lungs.
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Side Effects of Innohep
Serious side effects have been reported with Innohep. See the "Innohep Precautions" section.
The most common side effect of Innohep is bleeding.
This is not a complete list of Innohep side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Innohep FDA Warning
If you receive epidural or spinal anesthesia or a spinal puncture (LP) while taking a 'blood thinner' such as Innohep, you are at risk for internal bleeding and clots that could cause you to become paralyzed.
Factors that can increase the risk of developing these epidural or spinal hematomas, which can lead to paralysis, include:
- Use of indwelling epidural catheters
- Simultaneous use of other drugs that affect blood clotting, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), platelet inhibitors, and/or other anticoagulants.
- A history of traumatic or repeated epidural or spinal punctures (LPs)
- A history of spinal deformity or spinal surgery
Tell your doctor if you are taking abciximab (ReoPro); anagrelide (Agrylin); other anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or Nuprin), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn), or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); cilostazol (Pletal); clopidogrel (Plavix); dipyridamole (Persantine); eptifibatide (Integrilin); sulfinpyrazone (Anturane); ticlopidine (Ticlid); and tirofiban (Aggrastat).
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- leg weakness or paralysis
- loss of control over your bladder or bowels