B. Heparin: origin, structure, and mechanism of action

Low-molecular-weight heparin (average MW -5000) has a longer duration of action and needs to be given only once daily (e.g., certoparin, dalteparin, enoxaparin, reviparin, tinzaparin).

Frequent control of coagulability is not necessary with low molecular weight heparin and incidence of side effects (bleeding, heparin-induced throm-bocytopenia) is less frequent than with unfractionated heparin.

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