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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Argatroban
Argatroban
Pronunciation
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(ar GA troh ban)

Therapeutic Categories
Anticoagulant, Thrombin Inhibitor

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to argatroban or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you are having any major bleeding problems.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to thin the blood so that clots will not form. It is used in patients who have developed low platelet counts (cells in the blood) while on another blood thinner called heparin.


How does it work?

  • Argatroban changes the body's clotting system.


How is it best taken?

  • This medicine is given into a vein. It is given constantly. Later, the patient is switched to a blood thinner taken by mouth.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • This medicine is given in the hospital. It will be given to you by a healthcare provider.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • If you have had an ulcer in the stomach or intestines or any bleeding problems, talk with healthcare provider.
  • If you have high blood pressure that is not well controlled, talk with healthcare provider.
  • Use caution if you have liver disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • If you have had spinal anesthesia, major surgery, any bleeding problems, or any spinal procedures, talk with healthcare provider.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Bleeding problems. This includes nosebleeds, coughing up blood, blood in the urine or stool, or bruising.


What should I monitor?

  • Watch for signs and symptoms of bleeding. If any, report them to healthcare provider as soon as possible.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat.
  • Any bleeding problems.
  • Any falls or accidents, especially if you hit your head. Call healthcare provider even if you feel fine.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
  • Changes in thinking clearly and logically.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • This will be taken care of for you.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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