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HEPARINOID

Brand Name(s) : Anacal, Hirudoid
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

HEPARINOID WARNINGS

It should not be used in:

  • Do not use on large areas of skin (e.g. the whole back), broken skin (e.g. cuts and grazes), and sensitive areas such as the mouth, eyes, anus or genitals. Avoid using the cream if you have a sensitivity to any of its ingredients. Not to be used in children under five. The rectal formulation is not to be used in children under 12

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Store in a dry place, below 25°C, out of reach of children.

HEPARINOID USES

What is it used for?

  • Heparinoids are used to treat inflammation and bruising of the skin and blood vessels. They are usually creams or gels for external use only.
  • They are a related to heparin, an anticoagulant drug that stops the blood from clotting.
  • Benefits of heparinoids can include reduced pain and inflammation, and enhanced healing.

Listed below are the typical uses of heparinoids:

  • To heal and reduce the pain of bruises
  • To heal and soothe inflammation of a vein in the skin associated with blood clot formation (superficial thrombophlebitis)
  • Relief of symptoms associated with haemorrhoids (also known as piles. These are enlarged and swollen blood vessels in or near the lower rectum and back passage)

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Apply two to six inches (5-15 cm) up to four times daily and rub into the affected area. If the area is tender to touch, massage the cream into the skin surrounding the affected area.
  • Wash your hands after applying a heparinoid cream or gel, unless this is the area being treated.
  • Follow the advice of your doctor or pharmacist about how to use this medication as it may vary.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Do not use on large areas of skin (e.g. the whole back), broken skin (e.g. cuts and grazes), and sensitive areas such as the mouth, eyes, anus or genitals. Avoid using the cream if you have a sensitivity to any of its ingredients.

When can I stop?

  • Follow the advice of your doctor or pharmacist about when to stop this treatment.

HEPARINOID SIDE EFFECTS

  • Rash (rare)
If the rash persists stop using the cream and inform your doctor or pharmacist.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

HEPARINOID PRECAUTIONS

Before using a heparinoid preparation, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other heparinoids; or if you have any other allergies.

Do not use on large areas of skin (e.g. the whole back), broken skin (e.g. cuts and grazes), and sensitive areas such as the mouth, eyes, anus or genitals. Not to be used in children under five.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect this drug.

The elderly: heparinoids may be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

The safety of heparinoids not been established during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

First trimester
Use with caution.

Second trimester
Not known to be harmful.

Third trimester
Not known to be harmful.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Heparinoids are suitable to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

HEPARINOID INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Interactions with other medications have not been reported. Therefore, before using a heparinoid, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

HEPARINOID OVERDOSE

If you accidentally swallow some of this cream or think you have exceeded the dose, contact a doctor or hospital casualty department.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of a heparinoid or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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