Streptokinase (By injection)
Thrombolytic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Streptokinase is used to dissolve blood clots that have formed in the blood vessels. It is used immediately after symptoms of a heart attack occur to improve patient survival. This medicine may also be used to treat blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) and in the legs (deep venous thrombosis) .
Streptokinase is also used to dissolve blood clots in tubes (catheters) that are inserted in blood vessels .
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription .
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will prescribe your dose and tell you how long it will be given.
The medicine will be given through a tube that goes in one of your blood veins. This is called intravenous (in-tra-VEEN-us), or IV.
This medicine will be given by nurse or other caregiver trained to give IV medicine.
You will get this medicine in a hospital, so the results of your treatment can be watched closely.
If you have any questions about your treatment, ask your caregiver.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When you go to the hospital, make sure you tell the doctor what medicine you have been taking, especially: Persantine®, blood thinners (such as Coumadin®), or pain and arthritis medicines (such as Motrin® or Aleve®).
When Not To Use
You should not get this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to streptokinase. If you have high blood pressure, bleeding disorders or bleeding anywhere in your body, or if you have had a stroke, then you should not get this medicine.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have recently had a baby, talk to your doctor before you get this medicine.
If you start to have pain, redness, or swelling where the IV is given, tell your caregiver right away. Tell your caregiver if you see any blood in or around your IV tube.
Tell your caregiver if you feel lightheaded or fluttering in your chest
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
Nosebleeds or bleeding from any area
Purple spots on skin or unexplained bruises
Wheezing or trouble breathing
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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