USES: This medication is an enzyme which works to break up and dissolve blood clots which can block arteries. It is used in the treatment of heart attack or lung blood clots (pulmonary embolism) as well as leg blood clots (deep venous thrombosis-DVT).
This medication is an enzyme which works to break up and dissolve blood clots which can block arteries. It is used in the treatment of heart attack or lung blood clots (pulmonary embolism) as well as leg blood clots (deep venous thrombosis-DVT). Notes
Laboratory tests will be done frequently while using this medication to monitor its effects and to prevent side effects.
Store in a cool area as directed.
Discard any unused medication after the expiration date on the label.
Reconstituted solution may be refrigerated between 36 to 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C) if used within 8 hours.
Discard unused portion.
HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is given by injection by a health care professional.
It is important this medication be used as prescribed.
It is most effective when administered as soon as possible (within 6 hours after symptoms (e.g., chest pain) appear.
Nausea, dizziness, low blood pressure or mild fever may occur.
It can also cause nerve damage.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Notify your doctor promptly for any easy bruising, headache, flushing, rapid or abnormal heartbeat or chest pain.
An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
Immediately report any signs of bleeding to your doctor.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing bleeding disorders, high blood pressure, endocarditis, recent biopsy or surgery, recent injury or any allergies.
Use extra caution to avoid injury and trauma (e.g., carefully brush teeth) while using this medication due to the increased risk of bleeding.
This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Continued or repeated doses are usually not necessary for this medication.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any blood thinners, NSAID or aspirin.
Drugs that can reverse effects of streptokinase include aminocaproic acid, aprotinin and tranexamic acid.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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for, the expertise and judgement of healthcare professionals. The information
is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions
or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular
drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional
should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or
discontinuing any course of treatment.