Brand Names : Calciparine, Liquaemin, Calcilean, Hepalean, Heparin Leo
Heparin (HEP-a-rin) is an anticoagulant. It is used to decrease the
clotting ability of the blood and help prevent harmful clots from forming
in the blood vessels. This medicine is sometimes called a blood thinner, although
it does not actually thin the blood. Heparin will not dissolve blood clots
that have already formed, but it may prevent the clots from becoming larger
and causing more serious problems.
Heparin is often used as a treatment for certain blood vessel, heart, and
lung conditions. Heparin is also used to prevent blood clotting during open-heart
surgery, bypass surgery, and dialysis. It is also used in low doses to prevent
the formation of blood clots in certain patients, especially those who must
have certain types of surgery or who must remain in bed for a long time.
Heparin is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
- Heparin Leo
Generic name product may be available in the U.S. and Canada.