Lovenox (Enoxaparin)

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What is Lovenox (Enoxaparin) prescribed for?

Blood clots are like clumps of blood infused all together. While they are beneficial whent hey form in response of a wound or a cut, plugged the injured blood vessel and in turn, stops the bleeding. However, some blood clots form inside your veins without any reason and will not dissolve naturally. This is when you require medical attention.

Lovenox is an anticoagulant that helps prevent the formation of blood clots, and it is also normally used to prevent a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs. Deep vein thrombosis can occur after various types of surgeries, or in people who have been bed-ridden due to a prolonged illness.

This medication is also used to prevent blood vessel complications in people with chest pains and heart attacks.

Lovenox is an anticoagulant, which is also known as a blood thinner. Therefore, in taking this medication, it will allow the blood to flow smoothly. Since it lowers the activity of clotting proteins within the blood.

This medication is usually given every day until your condition improves.

This medication is injected under the skin, or as an infusion into the vein. If a healthcare provider teaches you how to properly use this medication yourself, make sure you take in all that they have to say.

Prepare the injection only when you are ready to give it. If the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it, do not use it.  Consult your doctor and acquire some new medication.

Lie down or sit while taking this medication, and do not inject into the muscle. Make sure to use a different place each time you take an injection. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row.

You will need frequent medical tests to help your doctor determine how long to treat you with Lovenox.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Enoxaparin; or to heparin or pork products; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past, such as; artificial heart valve(s), kidney disease, liver disease, bleeding/blood problems (such as low platelet counts), low platelet counts after previous heparin treatment, stroke, high blood pressure, certain eye problems (such as diabetic retinopathy), certain stomach/intestinal problems (such as active or recent ulcers), recent spinal procedure or puncture, spine problems (such as spinal deformity), recent eye/brain/spinal cord surgery.

Limit alcohol while taking this drug because it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication, they are as follows; Mild irritation, pain, bruising, redness, and swelling at the injection site may occur. Fatigue or fever may also occur However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; unusual pain/swelling/discomfort, unusual or prolonged bleeding, unusual or easy bruising, dark urine, black stools, severe headache, confusion, vision changes, unusual dizziness, fainting, seizures, weakness, numbness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What is Enoxaparin sodium?

Enoxaparin sodium is the sodium salt of enoxaparin; it is the anticoagulant (blood thinner) drug that makes up the brand-name medication Lovenox and is responsible for its therapeutic effects. However, before enoxaparin is manufactured into Lovenox injectable solution, it is first made into its existing salt form, which in the case of enoxaparin, is sodium. If it wasn’t first turned into its salt form, it would not dissolve or absorb into the body very well and would therefore cause the medication to be less effective – if effective at all. So while enoxaparin has beneficial effects, it must first be turned into enoxaparin sodium in order for its benefits to work. To prevent confusion, enoxaparin sodium is commonly referred to as just enoxaparin.  

 

What is Enoxaparin used for?

Enoxaparin (Lovenox) is most commonly used for the prevention of blood clots; more specifically, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot condition that can end up traveling to the lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism. It is commonly used for those who have recently had certain types of surgery or those who are bed-ridden due to a prolonged illness; both of these conditions increase the risk of DVT. Additionally, it may be used for the prevention of blood vessel complications (such as acute coronary syndrome or acute ST elevation myocardial infarction) in cases of angina or heart attack.

 

How does Enoxaparin work?

Enoxaparin is effective at preventing blood clots because once administered, it begins to bind and enhance the effects of antithrombin (a circulating anticoagulant). By doing this, the activity of clotting proteins is reduced, which results in blood flowing more smoothly and a lessened risk of blood clots.

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