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What should I know about Heparin Preservative Free before being treated?

Heparin preservative-free is an anticoagulant, or "blood thinner," and it helps prevent blood clots from forming. However, this may increase the risk for serious uncontrolled bleeding. To reduce this risk, you should avoid taking medications that may increase the risk for bleeding while being treated with heparin preservative-free. Medications to avoid may include aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen and others. Tell your doctor right away if you have unusual bruising, bloody stools, persistent nosebleeds or any other bleeding that does not stop.

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