Bivalirudin (By injection)
Prevents blood clots during angioplasty.
Anticoagulant (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Bivalirudin is used together with aspirin to decrease the clotting ability of the blood and to help prevent harmful clots from forming in the blood vessels. It is used in patients who are having certain heart and blood vessel procedures, such as coronary angioplasty.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how bivalirudin works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:A blood thinner, such as heparin or warfarin Medicine to dissolve blood clots, such as streptokinase, urokinase, alteplase, or reteplase
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to bivalirudin, or if you have any active bleeding.
This medicine may make you bleed and bruise more easily. Be extra careful to prevent injuries, bruises, and cuts until the effects of the medicine have worn off.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Bloody or black, tarry stools
Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
Lightheadedness or fainting
Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body
Pain, itching, burning, swelling, bleeding, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
Red or dark brown urine
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Back or hip pain
Trouble sleeping, anxiety, or nervousness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Angiomax, Novaplus Bivalirudin
There may be other brand names for this medicine.