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Heparin and LMW heparin: Dosing and adverse effects

Russell D Hull, MBBS, MSc
David A Garcia, MD
Section Editor
Lawrence LK Leung, MD
Deputy Editor
Jennifer S Tirnauer, MD


Heparins, including unfractionated heparin and a variety of low molecular weight (LMW) heparin products, are used extensively as anticoagulants. This topic will review the general principles underlying the therapeutic use of unfractionated and LMW heparins including dosing, monitoring, and reversal of anticoagulation.

The use of other anticoagulants, including warfarin, direct thrombin inhibitors, direct factor Xa inhibitors, and fondaparinux, are presented separately.

(See "Warfarin and other VKAs: Dosing and adverse effects".)

(See "Direct oral anticoagulants and parenteral direct thrombin inhibitors: Dosing and adverse effects".)

(See "Fondaparinux: Dosing and adverse effects".)

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