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Hi All,

I am on lifelong anticoagulation due to significant episodes of DVT and PE's. I take 5mg of Apixaban twice a day.

I am due to have surgery on my right elbow tomorrow morning and my Consultant Haematologist has set up a care plan for me.

This plan involves a regime of self injection of Heparin, which I commenced just now with an initial high dose injection.

I may be worrying too much, but will this initial high dose cover me until my next injection post surgery tomorrow evening? I assumed that the half life of Heparin was 12 hours.

Many thanks in advance!

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    This is the same as i had when i had surgery, the heprin stays in your system for longer than you think. But if your still worried ask when you get the hospital or give them a ring before you go. Best of luck xx

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      Many thanks Alison. I am probably worrying too much - sure my Haematologist knows what she is doing!

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    As long as you have a routine when taking medication, its alright. As long as you do not go off key for a while. A week is a long time to go cold turkey when on injections. Injections are more powerful than tablets, but they cause higher rate of side effects. I prefer tablets, my sister has injections. Just keep a routine when taking medications. To go off key for a day is not a problem.

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