Thinning the blood in patients with unstable angina who are undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Bivalirudin is used in conjunction with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Bivalirudin is a thrombin inhibitor. It works by blocking the formation of blood clots.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Bivalirudin . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Bivalirudin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Bivalirudin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Bivalirudin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Bivalirudin .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Anxiety; back, stomach, or pelvic pain; headache; nausea; nervousness; pain at the injection site; trouble sleeping; upset stomach; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); calf pain or tenderness; chest pain or tightness; confusion; difficulty urinating; dizziness; easy bruising or bleeding; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever; loss of consciousness; one-sided weakness; paralysis of the face; severe bleeding; shortness of breath; vision or speech changes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include bleeding.Proper storage of Bivalirudin :
Bivalirudin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Bivalirudin at home, store Bivalirudin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Bivalirudin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Bivalirudin . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.