Proper Use

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Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • For prevention of blood clots during percutaneous coronary intervention (the procedure to open blocked blood vessels):
      • Adults—Initial dose: 250 micrograms (mcg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight injected 10 to 60 minutes before the procedure. Maintenance dose: 0.125 mcg per kg of body weight per minute (maximum of 10 mcg per minute) by IV for 12 hours.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For patients with unstable angina that will undergo percutaneous coronary intervention within 24 hours:
      • Adults—Initial dose: 250 micrograms (mcg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight injected. Maintenance dose: 10 mcg per minute by IV for 18 to 24 hours, ending 1 hour after the procedure.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.