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Dalteparin
Specialty Drug

Fragmin

DALTEPARIN is used in combination with aspirin to prevent complications caused by unstable angina or heart attack. This medicine may be given to prevent blood clots in patients having a hip-replacement or abdominal surgery. It may also be used during the first few days after any surgery when patients are not able to walk. This is when blood clots are most likely to form. Compare anticoagulants.
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Dalteparin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Notify your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency treatment if you develop breathing problems; changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg. These can be signs that your condition has gotten worse.

If you are going to have surgery or dental work, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have received this medicine.

Avoid sports and activities that might cause injury while you are using this medicine. Severe falls or injuries can cause unseen bleeding. Be careful when using sharp tools or knives. Consider using an electric razor. Take special care brushing or flossing your teeth. Report any injuries, bruising, or red spots on the skin to your doctor or health care professional.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Deep, dark purple bruise, pain, or swelling at the injection site

Less common

Bleeding of the gums

coughing up blood

difficulty with breathing or swallowing

dizziness

headache

increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding

nosebleeds

paralysis

prolonged bleeding from cuts

red or black, tarry stools

red or dark brown urine

unexplained pain, swelling, or discomfort, especially in the chest, abdomen or stomach, joints, or muscles

unusual bruising

vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

weakness

Rare

Back pain

bleeding from mucous membranes

bluish or black discoloration, flushing, or redness of the skin

burning, pricking, tickling, or tingling sensation

coughing

feeling faint

fever

leg weakness

numbness

problems with bowel or bladder function

skin rash (which may consist of pinpoint, purple-red spots), hives, or itching

sloughing of the skin at the injection site

swelling of the eyelids, face, or lips

tightness in the chest

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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