Certoparin sodium

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Certoparin sodium is a type of anticoagulant medication that is used to prevent and treat blood clots. It is a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) that is derived from porcine intestinal mucosa.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The term "certoparin" is derived from the Latin "certus" meaning "certain" and "parin" from "heparin", indicating its certainty in action as a heparin derivative.

Pharmacology[edit | edit source]

Certoparin sodium works by inhibiting the activity of certain clotting factors in the blood, thereby preventing the formation of blood clots. It specifically inhibits factor Xa, which is a key enzyme in the coagulation cascade. This action helps to prevent the formation of thrombus or blood clots in the blood vessels.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Certoparin sodium is used in the prevention and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It is also used in the management of unstable angina and myocardial infarction (MI).

Side Effects[edit | edit source]

Like other anticoagulants, certoparin sodium can cause bleeding. Other side effects may include bruising, allergic reactions, and thrombocytopenia or low platelet count.

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