Argatroban

Argatroban is used to prevent or treat blood clots in patients with a condition called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience unusual bleeding.

Argatroban Overview

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Argatroban is a prescription medication used to prevent or treat a blood clot in patients with a specific condition called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).  Argatroban belongs to a group of drugs called direct thrombin inhibitors. It works by preventing blood clots from forming in the body.

This medication comes in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) by a healthcare professional. 

Common side effects of argatroban include bleeding, fever, decreased blood pressure, and diarrhea.

 

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Uses of Argatroban

Argatroban is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent a blood clot in patients with a specific condition called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). HIT is a complication of treatment with a blood thinner called heparin that puts patients at a high risk for a blood clot.

Argatroban is also used to prevent blood clots in adult patients with or at risk for HIT who are undergoing a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is a procedure to open up narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Argatroban Brand Names

Argatroban may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Argatroban Drug Class

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Side Effects of Argatroban

Serious side effects have been reported with argatroban. See the "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of argatroban include the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This is not a complete list of argatroban side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.