What is Enoxaparin (Lovenox) and what does it do?
Enoxaparin is an anticoagulant, which is also referred to as a “blood thinner.” It is a drug used as prophylaxis for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a disorder in which hazardous blood clots form in the legs’ blood veins. Without treatment, these blood clots can move to the lungs and become stuck in the lungs’ blood arteries, resulting in pulmonary embolism. This medication is administered by injection under the skin as advised by your doctor.
What dosages of Enoxaparin (Lovenox) are available?
Enoxaparin (Lovenox) is available in the following forms and dosages:
- 100 mg/ml (3 ml/vial)
- 30 mg/0.3 ml
- 40 mg/0.4 ml
- 60 mg/0.6 ml
- 80 mg/0.8 ml
- 100 mg/1 ml
- 120 mg/0.8 ml
- 150 mg/1 ml
What side effects are common with taking Enoxaparin (Lovenox)?
Enoxaparin (Lovenox) can cause side effects. Among these are:
- An upset stomach
- Irritation at the site of injection
More serious effects include:
- Unexpected bruising or bleeding
- Feces that are black or bloody
- Urine with blood in it
- Ankles and/or feet swelling
If you experience any of these, contact your doctor right away.
Does Enoxaparin (Lovenox) interact with other medications?
When you combine Enoxaparin with certain drugs and supplements, you increase your chance of side effects. This is due to the fact that Enoxaparin and these other drugs can have the same side effects. As a result, these adverse effects may worsen.
Below are drugs and supplements that you should avoid taking with Enoxaparin (Lovenox):
- Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- Platelet Inhibitors (such as Clopidogrel, Prasugrel, Ticagrelor, and Dipyridamole)
- Herbal Supplements (such as Ginkgo Biloba, Fish Oil, Garlic, Ginseng, and Ginger)
These medications can cause a reduction in platelets. If you combine them with Enoxaparin, you are more likely to get bleeding. Contact your doctor for more information.
Who should NOT take Enoxaparin (Lovenox)?
Not all people can take Enoxaparin (Lovenox). People who should avoid this drug include:
Those With a History of Spinal Surgery
If you’re taking Enoxaparin (Lovenox) and getting a spinal tap or an epidural, you’re more likely to bleed around your spinal cord, which can paralyze you. Before undergoing back surgery or a procedure, your provider will instruct you on how to properly discontinue Lovenox (enoxaparin). If you experience pain, tingling, a burning feeling, numbness, weakness, or are unable to pee, contact your healthcare professional at once.
Those With a History of Bleeding Problems
Enoxaparin (Lovenox) increases your chances of bleeding. Some bleeds, such as those in your gut or brain, are extremely dangerous. If you have any of the risk factors, consult your doctor about how to monitor for signs of uncontrolled bleeding.
Those With a History of Heparin-induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)
Enoxaparin (Lovenox) can cause a drop in platelet counts and, in rare cases, a life-threatening disease known as heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). HIT occurs when the immune system produces antibodies that interfere with platelet function, causing blood clots to form in various regions of the body. Ask your doctor if Lovenox (enoxaparin) is safe to take if you have a history of low platelets or HIT.
Always contact your doctor before you start taking this drug.
What drugs are similar to Enoxaparin (Lovenox)?
Does Enoxaparin (Lovenox) have a generic form?
Enoxaparin is available as a generic drug while Lovenox is a brand-name drug, in which both medications are used to treat blood clots.
What is the price of Enoxaparin (Lovenox) without insurance?
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