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Ch 5: Overview of Heparinoid Drugs

About This Chapter

Study the engaging lessons in this self-paced chapter to strengthen your comprehension of heparinoid drugs. Refresh your understanding of drug uses, interactions, side effects and more and enhance your professional knowledge and communication with patients.

Overview of Heparinoid Drugs - Chapter Summary

Heparinoid drugs like heparin, warfarin and enoxaparin are blood thinners that are typically used to treat and prevent blood clots. Explore the entertaining lessons in this chapter to enjoy a comprehensive overview of these drugs. Study the history, side effects, mechanism of action and pharmacology of heparin, and examine how it differs from Coumadin and enoxaparin. Also, review the lessons to study the heparin overdose, saline lock, sodium heparin and lithium heparin.

Select lessons to review based on your desire to refresh or expand your knowledge of these heparinoid drugs. Around-the-clock computer and mobile access lets you study whenever and wherever you have time. If you need to clarify information presented in the lessons, feel free to submit your questions to our experts. Our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam can quickly and effectively check your comprehension of this chapter.

How It Helps

This chapter is highly beneficial for individuals working as healthcare professionals. Physicians and pharmacists can use the lessons to bolster their knowledge of heparinoid drugs and properly educate patients on their uses, interactions and overdose symptoms and treatment. Nurses can study their responsibilities when working with these drugs and improve their interactions with patients. Pharmacology students can also use this chapter to study for exams or as homework help.

Skills Covered

Completing this chapter will enable you to do the following:

  • Describe the mechanism of action, drug interactions and contraindications of heparin
  • Define and discuss the history, classification, uses and side effects of heparin
  • Explain heparin's pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Detail the protocol and calculation of the heparin drip
  • Compare heparin with enoxaparin and warfarin
  • Discuss the symptoms and treatment of a heparin overdose
  • Differentiate between a saline lock and heparin lock
  • Share similarities and differences between sodium heparin and lithium heparin

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Overview of Heparinoid Drugs
Heparin: Mechanism of Action

1. Heparin: Mechanism of Action

In this lesson, we'll be learning about the anticoagulant drug, heparin. Here, you'll discover how heparin works and why it is used for certain medical treatments.

Heparin: Drug Interactions & Contraindications

2. Heparin: Drug Interactions & Contraindications

Heparin is an anticoagulant that prevents and treats blood clots. It is also known as a blood thinner. This lesson will discuss the drug interactions and contraindications of heparin.

Heparin: Definition & History

3. Heparin: Definition & History

Lately, we are seeing many more and more anticoagulant medications coming on the market. But, one anticoagulant has been around much longer than the others. In this lesson, you will discover what Heparin is and all about its tangled history.

Heparin: Classification, Uses & Side Effects

4. Heparin: Classification, Uses & Side Effects

Heparin is a medication that is used for many different disease processes. It can be given several ways and for different lengths of time. This lesson will discuss the classification of heparin as well as its uses and side effects.

Heparin: Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics

5. Heparin: Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics

Heparin can be a life-saving medicine, but it can also be a very dangerous medicine if used incorrectly. Before anyone in the health care field administers heparin, they should know all about it. In this lesson, you will learn all about the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of heparin.

Heparin Drip: Protocol & Calculation

6. Heparin Drip: Protocol & Calculation

Heparin is an anticoagulant drug used to prevent complications from existing or impending blood clots. This lesson overviews the purpose of heparin infusions and the general protocol for administration and monitoring.

Difference Between Enoxaparin and Heparin

7. Difference Between Enoxaparin and Heparin

Heparin and enoxaparin are both considered blood thinners to reduce blood clots. However, there are different reasons for using each medication. This lesson will discuss the differences between heparin and enoxaparin.

Heparin in Nursing: Implications & Responsibilities

8. Heparin in Nursing: Implications & Responsibilities

Heparin is a drug that must be administered with care. In this lesson, you will learn about the indications, adverse effects, and nursing considerations to keep in mind when administering heparin to a patient.

Heparin vs. Warfarin

9. Heparin vs. Warfarin

Heparin and warfarin are both medications that are called anticoagulants. They help thin the blood to prevent blood clots. This lesson will discuss the differences between heparin and warfarin, including uses, administration, and side effects.

Heparin Overdose: Symptoms & Treatment

10. Heparin Overdose: Symptoms & Treatment

Heparin is classified as a high-risk drug due to the serious dangers associated with overdose. This lesson is about the symptoms and treatment of heparin overdose.

Heparin vs. Coumadin

11. Heparin vs. Coumadin

Heparin and Coumadin are two widely used anticoagulant medications. In this lesson you will learn more about the similarities and differences between the two medications.

Saline Lock vs. Heparin Lock

12. Saline Lock vs. Heparin Lock

In this lesson, we will learn the differences between a saline lock and a heparin lock in relation to peripheral intravenous catheters, as well as discuss the pros and cons of each.

Sodium Heparin vs. Lithium Heparin

13. Sodium Heparin vs. Lithium Heparin

In this lesson, you're going to learn about two complexes known as sodium heparin and lithium heparin. You'll also find out when one or the other would be preferred in practice.

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