enoxaparin - injection, Lovenox (cont.)
USES: Enoxaparin is used to prevent and treat harmful blood clots. Preventing harmful blood clots helps to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. This medication helps keep your blood flowing smoothly by lowering the activity of clotting proteins in the blood. Enoxaparin is sometimes commonly referred to as a "blood thinner," but its more correct term is "anticoagulant." It is a type of heparin.Conditions which increase your risk of developing blood clots include certain types of surgeries (e.g., knee or hip replacement), long periods of being immobile, certain types of heart attack, and a specific type of chest pain called unstable angina. For some medical conditions, enoxaparin may be used in combination with other "blood thinners."
HOW TO USE: If you are giving the shots yourself, you will be trained by a health care professional on how to properly prepare, inject, and use this product. If any of the information is unclear, consult your health care professional. Inject enoxaparin under the skin (subcutaneously) usually once or twice a day in the abdomen (at least 2 inches from your belly button), or use as directed by your doctor. Do not inject into a muscle or a vein.Before using this product, check it visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use this product. To minimize irritation, change the injection site with each dose. To minimize bruising, do not rub the injection site after a shot.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for more details.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition (e.g., severe kidney disease) and response to therapy. Dosage may also be based on your weight for some conditions.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning.Mild irritation, pain, bruising, redness, or swelling at the injection site may occur. Fatigue or fever may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.This medication can cause bleeding if its effect on your blood clotting proteins is too much. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious signs of bleeding occur: unusual pain/swelling/discomfort, unusual or prolonged bleeding, unusual or easy bruising.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious signs of bleeding occur: dark urine, black stools, severe headache, confusion, vision changes, unusual dizziness, fainting, seizures, weakness, numbness.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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