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How do I properly store and handle heparin?

If you're injecting the blood thinner heparin at home, your doctor will discuss how to properly store and handle this medication, which is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, used to prevent the formation and growth of blood clots. Here are some important guidelines to follow:
  • Keep heparin tightly closed in its original container.
  • Store it at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture (not in the bathroom).
  • Do not freeze heparin.
  • Keep this drug away from kids and pets.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to dispose of used needles and unwanted or outdated medication.

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