Innohep: Indications, Dosage, Precautions, Adverse Effects
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Innohep - Product Information

Manufacture: LEO Pharma
Country: Canada
Condition: Deep Vein Thrombosis
Class: Heparins
Form: Liquid solution, Subcutaneous (SC)
Ingredients: tinzaparin sodium, sodium metabisulphite, benzyl alcohol

Summary product information

Route of
Dosage Form / Strength

Clinically Relevant
Non-medicinal Ingredients
Sterile solution for injection:

10,000 anti-Xa IU/mL:

Prefilled safety syringes* (preservative free):
2,500 IU/0.25 mL; 3,500 IU/0.35mL and 4,500 IU/0.45 mL
Multi-dose vial (with preservative):
20,000 IU/2 mL

20,000 anti-Xa IU/mL:

Prefilled safety syringes* (preservative free):
8,000 IU/0.4 mL; 10,000 IU/0.5 mL; 12,000 IU/0.6 mL; 14,000 IU/0.7 mL; 16,000 IU/0.8 mL; 18,000 IU/ 0.9 mL
Multi-dose vial (with preservative):
40,000 IU/2 mL
The multidose vial contains sodium metabisulphite and benzyl alcohol.

The 8,000 IU, 10,000 IU, 12,000 IU, 14,000 IU, 16,000 IU and 18,000 IU pre-filled syringes contain sodium metabisulfite

For a complete listing see Dosage Forms,Composition and Packaging section.

*Pre-filled safetysyringes have a 27-gauge, ½ inch needle. All formats are latex free.

anti-Xa IU abbreviated as IU

Indications and clinical use

INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) is indicated for:

  • The prevention of postoperative venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery and in patients undergoing general surgery who are at high risk of developing postoperative venous thromboembolism (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Peri-operative Considerations).
  • The treatment of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism.
  • The prevention of clotting in indwelling intravenous lines for haemodialysis and extracorporeal circulation in patients without high bleeding risk.

INNOHEP can not be used interchangeably, unit for unit, with unfractionated heparin or other low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, General).


For elderly patients over 70 years of age with renal impairment, refer to WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Geriatrics. Close monitoring of elderly patients with low body weight (e.g., < 45 kg) and those predisposed to decreased renal function is recommended. (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Special Populations).


The safety and effectiveness of INNOHEP in children has not been established.


  • Hypersensitivity to INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium); or any of its constituents, including benzyl alcohol (when using multi-dose vials) or sodium metabisulphite (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS); or to other LMWHs and/or heparin
  • The multi-dose vials of INNOHEP contain 10 mg/mL benzyl alcohol as preservative and must not be given to children <2 years old, premature infants and neonates, due to the risk of developing gasping syndrome.
  • History of confirmed or suspected immunologically-mediated heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (delayed-onset severe thrombocytopenia), or in patients in whom an in vitro platelet-aggregation test in the presence of tinzaparin is positive
  • Acute or subacute septic endocarditis
  • Generalized haemorrhage tendency and other conditions/diseases involving an increased risk of haemorrhage (e.g. severe liver insufficiency, women with abortus imminens)
  • Haemophilia or major blood clotting disorders
  • Acute cerebral insults or haemorrhagic cerebrovascular accidents (except if there are systemic emboli)
  • Active bleeding from a local lesion such as an acute ulcer (e.g., gastric or duodenal) or ulcerating carcinoma
  • Uncontrolled severe hypertension
  • Diabetic or haemorrhagic retinopathy
  • Injury or surgery involving the brain, spinal cord, eyes or ears
  • Spinal/epidural anaesthesia requiring treatment dosages of INNOHEP (175 IU/kg once daily) due to an increased risk of bleeding

Warnings and precautions


INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) must NOT be administered by intramuscular injection due to risk of hematoma.

Due to the increased risk of bleeding, concomitant medications should not be given by intramuscular injection and care should be taken when giving lumbar puncture and similar procedures.

INNOHEP should be used with caution in patients receiving oral anticoagulants, NSAIDs, platelet inhibitors and thrombolytic agents because of increased risk of bleeding.

INNOHEP cannot be used interchangeably (unit for unit) with unfractionated heparin or other LMWHs as they differ in their manufacturing process, molecular weight distribution, anti-Xa and anti-IIa activities, units and dosages. Special attention and compliance with instructions for use of each specific product is required during any change in treatment.

Determination of peak anti-Xa activity in plasma at 4-6 hours post-dosing is the only method available for monitoring tinzaparin levels. Routine clotting assays are not suitable for monitoring tinzaparin anticoagulant activity. APTT prolongation is not a suitable test for monitoring the LMWHs (see Monitoring and Laboratory Tests and ACTION AND CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).


Use in Patients with Prosthetic Heart Valves

Cases of prosthetic valve thrombosis have been reported in patients who received LMWHs for thromboprophylaxis. Some of these patients were pregnant women in whom thrombosis led to maternal and/or fetal deaths. Pregnant women are at higher risk of thromboembolism (see Special Populations, Pregnant Women).


INNOHEP should be used with caution in patients with a history of gastrointestinal ulceration.


INNOHEP should not be used for the treatment of pulmonary embolism in patients with severe haemodynamic instability.


Bleeding may occur in conjunction with unfractionated heparin or LMWH use. As with other anticoagulants, INNOHEP should be used with extreme caution in patients at increased risk of hemorrhage. Bleeding can occur at any site during therapy with INNOHEP. An unexpected drop in hematocrit or blood pressure should lead to a search for a bleeding site (see ADVERSE REACTIONS, Bleeding).

Post-Surgical Bleeding

As with all antithrombotic agents, there is a risk of systemic bleeding with INNOHEP. Care should be taken with INNOHEP use in high dose treatment of newly operated patients. In the event of excessive blood loss from the surgical wound, the first injection of INNOHEP should be deferred until the bleeding has stopped.

After treatment is initiated, patients should be carefully monitored for bleeding complications. This may be done by regular physical examination of the patients, close observation of the surgical drain and periodic measurements of haemoglobin and anti-Xa determinations.

In the case of minor bleeding, the drug should be postponed or withdrawn. When serious bleeding requires reversal of INNOHEP, protamine sulphate (1% solution) by slow infusion will largely neutralize INNOHEP (see OVERDOSAGE). The effect of protamine sulphate should be monitored by the APTT.


Thrombocytopenia of any degree should be monitored closely. Heparin- induced thrombocytopenia can occur with the administration of INNOHEP.


Platelet counts should be measured before the start of treatment and periodically thereafter. Regular monitoring of platelet counts also applies to extended treatment for cancer associated thrombosis.

Caution is recommended when administering INNOHEP to patients with congenital or drug- induced thrombocytopenia or platelet defects.

During INNOHEP administration, special caution is necessary in rapidly developing thrombocytopenia and severe thrombocytopenia (<100,000/mcL). A positive or indeterminate result obtained from in vitro tests for antiplatelet antibody in the presence of tinzaparin or other LMWHs and/or heparin would contraindicate INNOHEP.


As with other LMWHs, the administration of INNOHEP in some patients undergoing surgical procedures (especially orthopaedic) or having a concomitant inflammatory process has coincided with an asymptomatic increase in platelet count. If an increase in platelet count occurs INNOHEP should be stopped, the benefit of continuing therapy for that patient should be re-evaluated against the risk. Drugs affecting platelet function or the coagulation system should in general not be given concomitantly with INNOHEP.


INNOHEP should be used with caution in patients with hepatic insufficiency.


Sulphite Sensitivity

The overall prevalence of sulphite sensitivity in the general population is unknown. Sulphite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatics than in non-asthmatic people. Sodium metabisulphite, which may cause allergic reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people, is present in INNOHEP multi-dose vials (10,000 and 20,000 anti-Xa IU/mL) and INNOHEP 20,000 anti-Xa IU/mL unit-dose graduated syringes (8,000 IU/syringe to 18,000 IU/syringe). However, INNOHEP 10,000 anti-Xa IU/mL unit- dose syringes (2,500 IU/syringe, 3,500 IU/syringe and 4,500 IU/syringe) do not contain sodium metabisulphite.


All unfractionated heparins/LMWHs can suppress adrenal secretion of aldosterone leading to hyperkalaemia, particularly in patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure, pre-existing metabolic acidosis, raised plasma potassium or taking potassium sparing drugs. The risk of hyperkalaemia appears to increase with duration of therapy but is usually reversible. Plasma potassium should be measured in patients at risk before starting INNOHEP therapy and monitored regularly thereafter especially if treatment is prolonged beyond 7 days.

Peri-Operative Considerations

Spinal/Epidural Hematomas

There have been cases of intra-spinal haematomas with the concurrent use of LMWH and spinal/epidural anaesthesia resulting in long-term or permanent paralysis. The risk of these events may be higher with the use of post-operative indwelling epidural catheters or by the concomitant use of drugs affecting haemostasis: non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), platelet inhibitors, or other drugs affecting coagulation. The risk also appears to be increased by traumatic or repeated epidural or spinal procedure. INNOHEP should only be used concurrently with spinal/epidural anaesthesia when the therapeutic benefits to the patient outweigh the possible risks (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). When used concurrently, no spinal invasion should be performed for 12 hours following the dose of LMWH and the next dose should be held until at least 2 hours after the anaesthesia procedure. The same rules apply to the withdrawal or manipulation of the catheter. Careful vigilance for neurological signs is recommended, with rapid diagnosis and treatment; if such signs occur (see ADVERSE REACTIONS, Bleeding).

Selection of General Surgery Patients

General surgery patients, who have one or more of the following risk factors, are at high risk of developing postoperative venous thromboembolism: previous venous thromboembolism, varicose veins, obesity, heart failure, malignancy, previous long bone fracture of lower limb, bed rest more than 5 days prior to surgery, predicted duration of surgery more than 30 minutes, and age 60 years or above.


INNOHEP should be used with caution in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment. In all cases of impaired renal function, patients should be closely monitored.

In patients being treated with tinzaparin sodium (175 IU/kg) for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a population pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis determined that tinzaparin sodium clearance based on anti-Xa activity was related to creatinine clearance calculated by Cockcroft-Gault equation. In this PK analysis, a reduction in tinzaparin sodium clearance in moderate (30-50 mL/min) and severe (<30 mL/min) renal impairment was observed. Patients with severe renal impairment exhibited a reduction in tinzaparin sodium clearance relative to patients with normal renal function (>80 mL/min).

Special Populations

Pregnant Women

The 2 mL multi-dose vials of INNOHEP (10,000 anti-Xa IU/mL and 20,000 anti-Xa IU/mL) contain 20 mg of benzyl alcohol as a preservative (10 mg of benzyl alcohol per mL). Cases of fatal “Gasping Syndrome” have been reported in the literature, which occurred in premature infants and neonates when large amounts (99- 404 mg/kg/day) of benzyl alcohol have been administered. Manifestations of the disease include: metabolic acidosis, respiratory distress, gasping respirations, central nervous system dysfunction, convulsions, intracranial hemorrhages, hypoactivity, hypotonia, cardiovascular collapse and death. Therefore the multi-dose vials of INNOHEP preserved with benzyl alcohol must not be used in children <2 years old, newborn and preterm babies (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). Because benzyl alcohol may cross the placenta, this formulation should also not be used in pregnant women. Prefilled syringes of INNOHEP do not contain benzyl alcohol.

The use of INNOHEP in women with abortus imminens is contraindicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Teratogenic effects

As with other LMWHs, INNOHEP should not be used in pregnant women unless the therapeutic benefits to the patients outweigh the possible risks. There have been reports of congenital anomalies in infants born to women who received LMWH during pregnancy, including cerebral anomalies, limb anomalies, hypospadias, peripheral vascular malformation, fibrotic displasia and cardiac defects. A causal relationship has not been established nor has the incidence been shown to be higher than in the general population.

Non-teratogenic effects

There have been post-marketing reports of fetal death when pregnant women received LMWH. Causality for these cases has not been established. Pregnant women receiving anticoagulants, including INNOHEP, are at increased risk for bleeding. Hemorrhage can occur at any site and may lead to death of mother and/or fetus. Pregnant women receiving INNOHEP should be carefully monitored. Pregnant women and women of child-bearing potential should be informed of the potential hazard to the fetus and the mother if INNOHEP is administered during pregnancy.

Prosthetic valve thrombosis

There are also post-marketing reports of prosthetic valve thrombosis in pregnant women with prosthetic heart valves while receiving LMWHs for thromboprophylaxis. These events led to maternal death or surgical interventions.

Pregnant women with prosthetic heart valves appear to be at exceedingly high risk of thromboembolism. An incidence of thromboembolism approaching 30% has been reported in these patients, in some cases even with apparent adequate anticoagulation at treatment doses of LMWHs or unfractionated heparin. Any attempt to anticoagulate such patients should normally only be undertaken by medical practitioners with documented expertise and experience in this clinical area.

Nursing Women

It is not known whether INNOHEP is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when INNOHEP is administered to nursing women.


The safety and effectiveness of INNOHEP in children has not been established.


INNOHEP is not recommended in elderly (>70 years) patients with renal impairment. Elderly patients receiving LMWHs are at increased risk of bleeding. Careful attention to dosing and concomitant medications, especially anti-platelet preparations, is advised. Renal function should be assessed and patients with renal impairment and those with low body weight (e.g., <45 kg) should be monitored. Since renal function declines with age, elimination of tinzaparin sodium may be reduced in elderly patients. INNOHEP should be used with care in these patients (see Human Studies, IRIS).

Patients with Extreme Body Weight

Safety and efficacy of LMWHs in high weight (e.g., > 120 kg) and low weight (e.g., < 45 kg) patients has not been fully determined. Individualised clinical and laboratory monitoring is recommended in these patients.

Monitoring and Laboratory Tests

INNOHEP has only a moderate prolonging effect on clotting time assays such as APTT or thrombin time. Clinically meaningful prolongation of APTT during hemodialysis or treatment of acute deep vein thrombophlebitis with INNOHEP should only be used as an indication of overdosage.

INNOHEP is administered subcutaneously and therefore the individual patient’s anti-Xa activity level will not remain within the range that would be expected with unfractionated heparin by continuous intravenous infusion throughout the entire dosing interval. In clinical studies the median peak plasma anti-Xa levels achieved approximately 4 hours after subcutaneous administration of 3500 IU, 75 IU/kg or 175 IU/kg were 0.15, 0.34 and 0.70 anti-Xa IU/mL respectively. INNOHEP should be administered as directed (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

With normal prophylactic doses, INNOHEP does not modify global clotting tests of activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), prothrombin time (PT) and thrombin clotting time (TT). Therefore, treatment cannot be monitored with these tests.

Periodic complete blood counts including platelet count and haematocrit or haemoglobin, and stool test for occult blood are recommended during treatment with INNOHEP. When administered at the recommended treatment doses, routine anticoagulation tests such as PT and APTT are relatively insensitive measures of INNOHEP activity, and therefore, are unsuitable for monitoring.

The measurements of anti-Xa and anti-IIa activities in plasma serve as surrogates for the concentrations of molecules which contain the high-affinity binding site for antithrombin. Monitoring patients based on anti-Xa activity is generally not advised.

Renal function should be assessed with Cockcroft-Gault formula to estimate creatinine clearance level.

Since INNOHEP use may be associated with a rise in hepatic transaminases, this observation should be considered when liver function tests are assessed (see ADVERSE REACTIONS, Hepatobiliary Disorders).

Adverse reactions

Adverse Drug Reaction Overview

Based on reporting from clinical trials, bleeding and injection site reactions (such as irritation, pain and ecchymosis) are the most common side effects with INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium).


As with any antithrombotic treatment, haemorrhagic manifestations can occur. Injection site haematomas are a common side effect with INNOHEP, occurring at a frequency of 5% or less with lower (prophylaxis) doses to 10% or more with higher (treatment) doses.

The incidence of major haemorrhagic complications during INNOHEP treatment has been low and generally did not differ from that observed with unfractionated heparin. In clinical trials, the definition of major bleeding included; bleeding accompanied by ≥2 g/dl decrease in haemoglobin, requiring transfusion of two or more units of blood products, or bleeding which was intracranial, retroperitoneal, or into a major prosthetic joint. Results from pivotal clinical trials for each indication are provided in Table 1.

Patients taking INNOHEP are at risk for major bleeding complications when the plasma anti-Xa levels approach 2.0 IU/mL. Other risk factors associated with bleeding on therapy with heparins include a serious concurrent illness, chronic heavy alcohol consumption, use of platelet inhibiting drugs, renal failure, age and possibly, the female gender. Petechiae or easy bruising may precede frank haemorrhage. Bleeding may range from minor local haematoma or major haemorrhage. Haemorrhage can lead to anemia. The early signs of bleeding may include epistaxis, haematuria, or melena. Bleeding may occur at any site and may be difficult to detect, such as retroperitoneal bleeding. Bleeding may also occur from surgical sites. Major hemorrhage, including retroperitoneal or intracranial bleeding, has been reported in association with INNOHEP use, in some cases leading to fatality.

There have been cases of intraspinal haematomas with the concurrent use of LMWH and spinal/epidural anaesthesia resulting in long term or permanent paralysis (incidence 1: 45,000) (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Peri-Operative Considerations).

Table 1. Major Bleeding Events in Clinical Trials for Treatment of Acute DVT and/or PE, DVT Prophylaxis, and Haemodialysis1
IndicationTreatment Group
(bleeding frequency %)
Treatment of Acute DVT
(with or without PE)
INNOHEP, N=213Heparin, N=219
Treatment of PEINNOHEP, N=304Heparin, N=308
Prevention of Postoperative
DVT in Orthopaedic Surgery
INNOHEP4, N=715Warfarin4, N=721
HaemodialysisINNOHEP6, N=73Dalteparin6, N=76

1 Bleeding accompanied by ≥ 2 gram/dL decline in hemoglobin, requiring transfusion of 2 or more units of blood products, or bleeding which was intracranial, retroperitoneal, or into a major prosthetic joint.

2 INNOHEP 175 IU/kg once daily SC. Unfractionated heparin initial IV bolus of 5,000 IU followed by continuous IV Infusion adjusted to an aPTT of 1.5 to 2.5 followed by continuous IV infusion adjusted to an aPTT of 2.0 to 3.0 In all groups treatment continued for approximately 6 to 8 days, and all patients received oral anticoagulant treatment commencing in the first 2 to 3 days (p<0.01).

3 INNOHEP 175 IU/kg once daily SC. Unfractionated heparin initial IV bolus of 50 IU/kg followed by continuous IV infusion adjusted to an aPTT of 2.0 to 3.0 In all groups treatment continued for approximately 6 to 8 days, and all patients received oral anticoagulant treatment commencing in the first 2 to 3 days.

4 INNOHEP 75 IU/kg once daily SC starting 18-24 hours post-surgery. Warfarin starting at 10 mg on the evening post- surgery and dose adjusted to maintain an INR of 2.0 to 3.0. In all groups treatment continued until 14 days post-surgery or until hospital discharge if this occurred earlier.

5 The 95% CI on the difference in major bleeding event rates (-1.6%) was -3.0%, -0.1%.

6 Bolus dose into arterial side of dialyzer immediately prior to start of dialysis. INNOHEP 4,500 IU for dialyses ≤4 hours or 6,700 IU for dialyses >4 hours. Dalteparin 5,000 IU for dialyses ≤4 hours or 35 IU/kg plus 12 IU/kg/hour for dialyses >4 hours.

Clinical Trial Adverse Drug Reactions

Because clinical trials are conducted under very specific conditions the adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials may not reflect the rates observed in practice and should not be compared to the rates in the clinical trials of another drug. Adverse drug reaction information from clinical trials is useful for identifying drug-related adverse events and for approximating rates.

Adverse events with INNOHEP or heparin reported at a frequency of ≥1% in clinical trials with patients undergoing treatment for proximal DVT and/or PE are provided in Table 2.

Table 2. Adverse Events Occurring in ≥1% of Patients During Treatment of Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis and/or PE
Treatment Group1
Adverse EventINNOHEP
n (%)
n (%)
Urinary Tract Infection19 (3.7%)18 (3.4%)
Chest Pain12 (2.3%)8 (1.5%)
Epistaxis10 (1.9%)7 (1.3%)
Headache9 (1.7%)9 (1.7%)
Nausea9 (1.7%)10 (1.9%)
Hemorrhage NOS8 (1.5%)23 (4.4%)
Back Pain8 (1.5%)2 (0.4%)
Fever8 (1.5%)11 (2.1%)
Pain8 (1.5%)7 (1.3%)
Constipation7 (1.3%)9 (1.7%)
Rash6 (1.2%)8 (1.5%)
Dyspnea6 (1.2%)9 (1.7%)
Vomiting5 (1.0%)8 (1.5%)
Hematuria5 (1.0%)6 (1.1%)
Abdominal Pain4 (0.8%)6 (1.1%)
Diarrhea3 (0.6%)7 (1.3%)
Anemia07 (1.3%)

NOS=not otherwise specified

1 INNOHEP 175 IU/kg once daily SC. Unfractionated heparin initial IV bolus of 5,000 IU followed by continuous IV infusion adjusted to an aPTT of 1.5 to 2.5 or initial IV bolus of 50 IU/kg followed by continuous IV infusion adjusted to an aPTT of 2.0 to 3.0. In all groups treatment continued for approximately 6 to 8 days, and all patients received oral anticoagulant treatment commencing in the first 2 to 3 days.

Serious Adverse Events in Clinical Trials

Serious adverse events reported at a frequency ≥1% in 4,000 patients who received INNOHEP in clinical trials are provided in Table 3.

Table 3. Serious Adverse Events Associated With INNOHEP in Clinical Trials
CategorySerious Adverse Event
Bleeding-relatedAnorectal bleeding
Cerebral/intracranial bleeding
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
Hemorrhage (not otherwise specified)
Injection site bleeding
Retroperitoneal/intra-abdominal bleeding
Vaginal hemorrhage
Wound hematoma
Organ dysfunctionAngina pectoris
Cardiac arrhythmia
Dependent edema
Myocardial infarction/coronary thrombosis
Fetal/neonatalCongenital anomaly
Fetal death
Fetal distress
CutaneousBullous eruption
Erythematous rash
Maculopapular rash
Skin necrosis
Allergic reactionsAllergic reaction
Injection site reactionCellulitis

In a separate study of elderly patients aged 70 years or over with renal impairment, there was a higher mortality rate observed in patients treated with INNOHEP (11.5%) than in those treated with UFH (6.3%). All of the deaths in the INNOHEP group were assessed as "not related to study drug" by the investigators (see Human Studies, IRIS).

Less Common Clinical Trial Adverse Drug Reactions (<1%)

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders

Thrombocytopenia (type 1) has been observed with INNOHEP use.

Hepatobiliary Disorders

A significant but transient increase of the liver transaminases (AST and ALT) has been observed with INNOHEP. This is a consistent finding with all members of the LMWH class, as well as with unfractionated heparin. However, no consistent irreversible liver damage has been observed. Normalization of transaminase levels can be expected within 2 to 4 weeks of the last dose of INNOHEP. The mechanism associated with the increased levels of liver transaminases has not been elucidated.

Transaminase increases occurred after more than three days of INNOHEP treatment in clinical studies. The increase is dose-dependent and has been observed at doses as low as 50 anti-Xa IU/kg once daily. In one study, at a dose of 150 anti-Xa IU/kg twice daily, all subjects showed increased plasma levels of AST and ALT from a mean of 17.8 to 128.5 U/L and 19.3 to 257.0 U/L respectively. These elevations correspond to a seven to twelve-fold increase as compared to the post-study evaluation performed within seven days of study completion.

Rarely, increases in gamma-GT, LDH and lipase have been observed. These increases are reversible after drug withdrawal.

Immune System Disorders

Allergic reactions of all types and severities are uncommon but have been reported.

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders

There have been infrequent reports of various types of skin rash (such as erythematous and maculopapular), pruritus and urticaria. In rare instances, skin necrosis has been observed.

Post-Market Adverse Drug Reactions

Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders

In some cases, severe immunologically-mediated heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (type II) has been seen resulting in arterial and/or venous thrombosis or thromboembolism (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Hematologic). The incidence is rare, occurring in < 0.1%. An increase in platelet count which is asymptomatic and reversible has been observed.

Immune System Disorders

Allergic reactions of all types and severities have been reported. Hypersensitivity reactions, including angioedema and anaphylactoid reactions, have been observed rarely with unfractionated heparin and LMWHs. INNOHEP should be discontinued in patients showing local or systemic allergic responses.

Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders

Hypoaldosteronism associated with hyperkalaemia and metabolic acidosis has been reported with LMWHs especially in patients with renal impairment and diabetes mellitus.

Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders

Use of LMWH over extended periods has been reported to be associated with development of osteopenia / osteoporosis. The frequency of occurrence with INNOHEP is not known.

Reproductive System and Breast Disorders

Occurrences of priapism have been reported.

Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders

There have been isolated reports of toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Drug interactions

INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) should be used with caution in patients receiving oral anticoagulants, NSAIDs, platelet inhibitors and thrombolytic agents because of increased risk of bleeding.

Dosage and administration

Dosing Considerations

Use in Patients with Renal Impairment

All patients with renal impairment treated with LMWHs should be monitored carefully.

Administration of LMWHs to patients with renal impairment has been shown to result in prolongation of anti-Xa activity, especially in those with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min), leading to increased risk of bleeding. The effect of renal impairment on tinzaparin anti-Xa activity has not been fully studied. Consideration of dosage adjustment in patients with severe renal impairment should be undertaken.


INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) is administered by subcutaneous injection, or systemically in the setting of hemodialysis. It must NOT be administered by intramuscular injection (see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, General).

Recommended Dose and Dosage Adjustment

I. Prevention of Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism in Orthopaedic Surgery

Hip Surgery:

INNOHEP 50 anti-Xa IU/kg given by subcutaneous injection two hours before surgery followed by 50 anti-Xa IU/kg once daily for 7-10 days.

INNOHEP 75 anti-Xa IU/kg given post-operatively by subcutaneous injection once daily for 7-10 days.
Knee Surgery:INNOHEP 75 anti-Xa IU/kg given post-operatively by subcutaneous injection once daily for 7-10 days.

For convenience, the following prefilled syringes are available for dosing by body weight:

Dose per syringePre-operative
50 anti-Xa IU/kg
Body weight*
75 anti-Xa IU/kg
Body weight*
2,500 anti-Xa IU
3,500 anti-Xa IU70 (60 тАУ 80) kg45 (35 тАУ 55) kg
4,500 anti-Xa IU90 (80 тАУ 100) kg60 (50 тАУ 70) kg

*Value represents the average weight ±10 kg appropriate for the syringe size. Patients outside of these weight ranges should be dosed on an individual basis

II. Prevention of Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism in General Surgery

INNOHEP 3500 anti-Xa IU (available in a prefilled syringe) given by subcutaneous injection two hours before surgery followed by 3500 anti-Xa IU once daily for 7-10 days.

III. Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis, with or without Pulmonary Embolism or, Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism

The recommended dosage is 175 anti-Xa IU/kg body weight given subcutaneously once daily at the same time every day. Although trials for DVT treatment did not include a maximum daily dose, few patients were included who exceeded 105 kg. Therefore, the recommended maximum daily dose for INNOHEP is 18,000 anti-Xa IU/day. In clinical trials, plasma anti-Xa levels were typically in the range of <0.3 anti-Xa IU/mL before injection and < 1.8 anti-Xa IU/mL approximately 5 hours after injection (dosed by body weight) as determined by a functional anti- Xa assay.

Concomitant treatment with oral anticoagulants (vitamin K antagonists) is usually started immediately. Treatment with INNOHEP should be continued until therapeutic oral anticoagulant effect has been achieved (INR 2.0 to 3.0), usually within 5 days. The average duration of INNOHEP administration is 7 days.

Published clinical data are available documenting extended treatment with INNOHEP 175 IU/kg once daily for 3-6 months in patients with cancer associated thrombosis (see, REFERENCES 6- 8, 14). The use of INNOHEP beyond 6 months must be evaluated in the absence of clinical data.

For convenience, the following prefilled graduated syringes are available for dosing by body weight (175 anti-Xa IU/kg):

Patient Body Weight
DVT Treatment
175 anti-Xa IU/kg SC Once Daily
20,000 IU/mL
Dose (IU)Amount (mL)
31 - 3660.3
37 - 4270.35
43 - 4880.4
49 - 5390.45
54 - 59100.5
60 - 65110.55
66 - 70120.6
71 - 76130.65
77 - 82140.7
83 - 88150.75
89 - 93160.8
94 - 99170.85
100 - 105180.9

IV. Anticoagulation of Extracorporeal Circulation and Haemodialysis

All patients participating in clinical trials were stable, chronic renal failure patients. The following dosage recommendations are for that patient population; in patients with lower risk of haemorrhage.

Optimisation of dosage is required for each individual patient (different clotting stimuli are produced by different dialysis circuits and membranes, and there is inter-patient variability).

The recommended starting dose is INNOHEP 4,500 anti-Xa IU administered as a bolus dose into the arterial side of the dialyser (or intravenously) at the beginning of the dialysis for a session lasting 4 hours or less in patients with no risk of haemorrhage. This dose normally produces plasma anti-Xa levels in the range of 0.5-1.0 IU anti-Xa/mL. Dosage modifications should consider the outcome of the previous dialysis and should be made by increasing or decreasing the dose in steps of 500 anti-Xa IU until a satisfactory dose is obtained.

A larger starting dose may be given for dialysis sessions lasting longer than 4 hours. Doses in subsequent dialysis sessions should be adjusted as required.

In patients with a risk of haemorrhage, dialysis sessions may be carried out using halved doses. An additional smaller dose may be given during dialysis for sessions lasting longer than 4 hours. The dose in subsequent dialysis sessions should be adjusted as necessary to achieve plasma levels within the range of 0.2-0.4 IU anti-Xa/mL.

No anticoagulant should be added to the dialyser circuit when using this regimen.


Accidental overdosage following administration of INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) may lead to haemorrhagic complications. INNOHEP should be immediately discontinued, at least temporarily, in cases of significant excess dosage. In more serious cases, protamine should be administered.

The anticoagulant effect of INNOHEP is inhibited by protamine. This effect may be largely neutralised by slow intravenous injection of protamine sulphate. Each mg of protamine sulphate neutralises approximately 100 anti-Xa IU of tinzaparin sodium. A second infusion of 0.5 mg protamine per 100 anti-Xa IU of INNOHEP may be administered if the APTT measured 2 to 4 hours after the first infusion remains prolonged. However, even with higher doses of protamine, the APTT may remain prolonged to a greater extent than usually seen with unfractionated heparin. Anti-factor Xa activity is never completely neutralised (maximum about 60-65%).

Particular care should be taken to avoid overdosage with protamine sulphate. Administration of protamine sulphate can cause severe hypotensive and anaphylactoid reactions. Because fatal reactions, often resembling anaphylaxis, have been reported with protamine sulphate, it should be given only when resuscitation equipment and treatment of anaphylactic shock are readily available.

For management of a suspected drug overdose, contact your regional Poison Control Centre.

Action and clinical pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) is a LMWH, produced by enzymatic depolymerization of unfractionated heparin from porcine intestinal mucosa. It is a heterogeneous mixture of sulphated polysaccharide glycosaminoglycan chains. The mass-average molecular weight mass ranges between 5500 and 7500 daltons. The mass percentage of chains lower than 2000 daltons is not more than 10 percent. The mass percentage of chains between 2000 and 8000 daltons ranges between 60 and 72 percent. The mass percentage of chains above 8000 daltons ranges between 22 and 36 percent. Tinzaparin sodium is composed of molecules with and without a specially characterized pentasaccharide, which is the specific site for high affinity binding to the plasma protein antithrombin III (AT III). This binding to AT III leads to an accelerated inhibition of factor Xa. This results in the antithrombotic effect of tinzaparin, although other mechanisms may also be involved since it potentiates the inhibition of several activated coagulation factors.

INNOHEP is an antithrombotic agent with higher anti-Xa activity (70-120 IU/mg) than anti-IIa activity (approximately 55 IU/mg). The ratio of anti-Xa to anti-IIa activity for INNOHEP is 2.0 ± 0.5, whereas it is 1 for unfractionated heparin.


Neither INNOHEP nor heparin doses can be measured directly in the bloodstream. Their effects on clotting are a function of the dose. Unfractionated heparin is usually measured by prolongation of APTT, although plasma anti-Xa can also be determined. INNOHEP only causes APTT prolongation at higher doses. In the therapeutic range, the effects of INNOHEP on the plasma anti-Xa activity can be measured as an indication of serum tinzaparin levels. However, clinical trials have not demonstrated a linear correlation between anti-Xa activity and antithrombotic effect. Prophylactic doses of 75 IU/kg of INNOHEP by subcutaneous administration resulted in peak anti-Xa activity of 0.31 to 0.42 IU/mL in patients whereas the mean ratio of peak APTT (as compared to baseline) was 1.13 to 1.35. Treatment doses of 175 anti-Xa IU/kg resulted in peak anti-Xa activity of approximately 0.4 to 1.8 IU/mL and a mean peak APTT ratio of 1.71 to 2.63. APTT values associated with either the prophylaxis or treatment dose of INNOHEP returned to baseline within 20-28 hours after administration. APTT values associated with LMWHs are variable and are not predictive of clinical efficacy or safety.


Absorption and Distribution

The bioavailability of INNOHEP following subcutaneous injection is about 90% in healthy subjects when measured as anti-Xa activity versus 67% for anti-IIa activity. The absorption half-life of anti-Xa activity is 200 minutes and that of anti-IIa activity is 257 minutes. The long duration of action of tinzaparin is a result of its prolonged absorption.

Peak plasma anti-Xa activity occurs at approximately 4-6 hours. Detectable anti-Xa activity persists for 24 hours after injection, despite elimination half lives of anti-Xa activity of 82 minutes and anti-IIa of 71 minutes. No evidence of accumulation was found when INNOHEP was administered once daily for five days at a dose of 175 anti-Xa IU/kg. The volume of distribution of anti-Xa activity is 4 L and that of anti-IIa activity is 10.9 L. Possibly this higher value may occur because of higher protein binding of anti-IIa fractions, particularly to platelet factor 4.

The effect of tinzaparin on APTT values is inconsistent and generally only shows a dose- dependent effect at doses above 5000 anti-Xa IU.

Metabolism and Excretion

The primary route of tinzaparin elimination is by the kidney; hepatic elimination is not involved. Unlike unfractionated heparin, tinzaparin does not undergo metabolism to smaller molecules as a result of binding to endothelial cells.

Special Populations and Conditions

Renal Insufficiency

The half-life for anti-Xa activity for LMWHs is prolonged in patients with impaired renal function relative to people with normal function. The effect of renal impairment on tinzaparin anti-Xa activity has not been fully studied (see WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, Renal, and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, Use in Patients with Renal Impairment).

Storage and stability

INNOHEP (tinzaparin sodium) should be stored at room temperature (15 to 25oC).

Dosage forms, composition and packaging

INNOHEP contains tinzaparin sodium in a sterile solution for subcutaneous injection, available in unit-dose safety syringes, unit-dose graduated safety syringes and multi-dose 2 mL vials. Pre- filled syringes have a 27-gauge, ½ inch needle. All INNOHEP syringes and vials are latex-free.


Unit-dose Syringes 10,000 anti-Xa IU/mL (non-preserved):

Tinzaparin sodium
(anti-Xa IU)
Sodium acetate
Sodium hydroxide*Water for injection
(to make final volume)
2,500 IU/syringe1.25 mgq.s.0.25 mL
3,500 IU/syringe1.75 mgq.s.0.35 mL
4,500 IU/syringe2.25 mgq.s.0.45 mL

*quantity sufficient for pH adjustment; pH range of the final solution is 5.0-7.5

Unit-dose Graduated Syringes 20,000 anti-Xa IU/mL (non-preserved):

Tinzaparin sodium
(anti-Xa IU)
Sodium hydroxide*Water for injection
(to make final volume)
8,000 IU/syringe0.73 mgq.s.0.4 mL
10,000 IU/syringe0.92 mgq.s.0.5 mL
12,000 IU/syringe1.10 mgq.s.0.6 mL
14,000 IU/syringe1.28 mgq.s0.7 mL
16,000 IU/syringe1.46 mgq.s.0.8 mL
18,000 IU/syringe1.65 mgq.s0.9 mL

*quantity sufficient for pH adjustment; pH range of the final solution is 5.0-7.5

Multi-dose Vials:

Tinzaparin Sodium (anti-Xa IU)10,000 IU/mL20,000 IU/mL
Sodium Metabisulphite1.8 mg3.1 mg
Benzyl Alcohol10 mg10 mg
Sodium Hydroxideq.s.*q.s.*
Water for injection to make1.0 mL1.0 mL

*quantity sufficient for pH adjustment; pH range of the final solution is 5.0-7.5

provided in 2 mL vials as 20,000 IU/vial and 40,000 IU/vial respectively