What is Innohep?Innohep is a medicine used subcutaneously (just below the skin) to treat deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the legs) in patients with or without pulmonary embolisms (blood clot in the lungs).
What is the most important information I should know about Innohep?Innohep should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet [type of blood cells that form clots to help stop bleeding] counts caused by heparin). It is therefore very important to inform your doctor if you have had a previous reaction to any heparin products.
Innohep can lead to increased bleeding. Your doctor will monitor you for this while you are receiving Innohep in the hospital.
Who should not take Innohep?Your doctor will not administer Innohep to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, to sulfite, benzyl alcohol, or pork products. In addition, your doctor will not administer Innohep to you if you are bleeding, have a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, or are ≥90 years of age and have kidney problems.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Innohep?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Innohep. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney impairment, asthma, high blood pressure, history of stroke or other brain injuries, stomach ulcers, eye disorders, or if you recently underwent or plan to have surgery.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you subcutaneously, based on your body weight.
How should I take Innohep?Your doctor will administer Innohep to you and will monitor you for bleeding.
What should I avoid while taking Innohep?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Innohep?If Innohep is administered with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.
What are the possible side effects of Innohep?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects include: back pain, chest pain, constipation, fever, headache, irritation or pain at the injection site, itching, nausea, nose bleed, rash, shortness of breath, urinary tract infection, vomiting
Can I receive Innohep if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Innohep is safe to use during pregnancy. The effects of Innohep during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Innohep?Innohep should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.
How should I store Innohep?Your doctor will store Innohep for you.