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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.
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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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