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What should I know about heparin before receiving it?

Because heparin can interact with a variety of medical conditions, inform your doctor about your complete medical history. Tell your doctor about any allergies you have, and any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal supplements you are currently taking. Be sure to tell your doctor if you currently have a catheter, have had a spinal tap or if you recently had surgery on your eyes, brain or spine. A history of blood disorders, brain hemorrhages, problems with your liver or kidneys or the condition known as von Willebrand disease, a history of heart problems, menstrual problems, stomach ulcers or high blood pressure may impact your doctor's decision to prescribe heparin.

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