Low Molecular Weight Heparins

Low molecular weight heparins are used to help break up life-threatening blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart or brain. These medications are usually injected and are used along with oral blood thinners to stop blood clots from impeding the flow of blood through the body.

Side Effects/Warnings

These types of medications should not be used in patients who are undergoing spinal treatments such as spinal punctures or spinal anesthesia. Patients who take these spinal treatments while on heparin medications risk permanent paralysis because of the formation of hematomas on the spine.

Patients should not take aspirin or drink alcohol while on this type of medication because these over-the-counter drugs are also blood thinners. Taking too many blood thinners can cause excessive bleeding.

This page is for informational purposes only.  Jacoby & Meyers is not currently accepting Heparin cases.

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