Dalteparin is a blood-thinning medication that patients take in order to break up blood clots. Blood clots, or clumps of blood in the body, can block blood flow to the heart or other organs. Using a blood thinning medication such as Dalteparin reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke by eliminating these clots.
Patients who are taking spinal anesthesia or undergoing spinal puncture therapy should not take Dalteparin. Dalteparin has been shown to cause spinal hematomas in these patients, which leads to long-term or permanent paralysis.
Patients also should not take this drug with any other blood thinning medication, including aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers. Taking too many blood thinning medications can cause excessive bleeding or internal bleeding.