This medication is used to prevent serious blood clots in the legs and/or lungs after certain types of surgery (such as hip replacement).
Desirudin is known as a "blood thinner" (anticoagulant). It works by blocking certain natural substances in the blood that cause clotting.
How To Use
Follow all directions for proper mixing. Do not mix with other medications. Consult your pharmacist for more details.
Gently swirl the medication to mix. Do not shake. Before using this product, check it visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
If you are giving the shots yourself, you will be trained by a health care professional on how to properly prepare, inject, and use this product. Sit or lie down when injecting this medication. Inject desirudin under the skin of the thigh or abdomen as directed by your doctor, usually twice a day. Do not inject into a muscle or a vein. To lessen irritation, change the injection site with each shot. To lessen bruising, do not rub the injection site after a shot.
Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition (such as kidney disease) and response to therapy. Do not use more than the recommended dose since this would increase your chance of bleeding.