CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What PROTAMINE SULPHATE is used for
The active ingredient of PROTAMINE SULPHATE is the protein protamine sulphate. Protamine sulphate is used in hospitals to
counteract the effect of heparin given before and after surgery and after dialysis. Heparin is used to prevent blood clots
from forming. Protamine sulphate is given when there is excessive bleeding from heparin administration.
Your doctor may have prescribed PROTAMINE SULPHATE for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why
PROTAMINE SULPHATE has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
PROTAMINE SULPHATE is not recommended for use in children.
Before you are given PROTAMINE SULPHATE
When you must not be given it
You must not receive PROTAMINE SULPHATE if you have a severe allergy to PROTAMINE SULPHATE or an allergy to any of the ingredients
listed at the end of this leaflet under Product Description.
Your doctor, nurse and pharmacist will ensure that you are not given PROTAMINE SULPHATE after the expiry date (EXP) printed
on the pack.
If you are given this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Your doctor, nurse and pharmacist will ensure that you are not given PROTAMINE SULPHATE if the packaging is torn or shows
signs of tampering.
If you are not sure whether you should start being given PROTAMINE SULPHATE, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
any other medicines
any other substances, such as foods, in particular fish, preservatives or dyes
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using PROTAMINE SULPHATE during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using PROTAMINE SULPHATE during breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
Diabetes and you have received protamine insulin
You are male and have had a vasectomy or are infertile.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription
from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
How PROTAMINE SULPHATE is given
PROTAMINE SULPHATE is injected or infused into a blood vessel. The dose your doctor gives you of PROTAMINE SULPHATE will depend
on the amount of heparin that needs to be neutralised
While you are receiving PROTAMINE SULPHATE
Things you must do
If you develop itching with swelling or skin rash, difficulty breathing, dizziness or abnormal heart beats while you are receiving
PROTAMINE SULPHATE tell your doctor or nurse immediately.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while receiving PROTAMINE SULPHATE.
All medicines have side effects. Sometimes they may be serious, most of the time they are not. You may need urgent treatment
if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following:
Red or itchy skin with swelling, skin rash or difficulty breathing.
Tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Abnormal heart beats
Flushing and/or a feeling of warmth
Weakness or generally feeling unwell
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you notice anything
that is making you feel unwell.
Do not be alarmed by the list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
After using PROTAMINE SULPHATE
PROTAMINE SULPHATE should be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. The injection should be kept where the temperature stays
below 25 degrees C.
What it looks like
A clear, colourless solution in a clear glass ampoule.
Each 5mL ampoule contains protamine sulphate 50mg, sodium chloride, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide and water for injections.
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This leaflet was prepared in November 2006.