enoxaparin - injection, Lovenox (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using enoxaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to heparin or pork products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as the preservative benzyl alcohol in the medication vial), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: serious active bleeding.Before using enoxaparin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: artificial heart valves, severe kidney disease, liver disease, bleeding or blood disorders (e.g., low platelet counts), low platelet counts after previous heparin treatment, stroke, uncontrolled severe high blood pressure, certain eye problems (e.g., diabetic retinopathy), certain stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., 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.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using enoxaparin.This medication can infrequently cause heavy bleeding. Be extra careful to avoid injuries (e.g., contact sports). Use an electric razor when shaving and a soft toothbrush when brushing your teeth.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects, especially bleeding.Enoxaparin should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Pregnant women with artificial heart valves need close monitoring (see Notes). Since enoxaparin vials contain benzyl alcohol that can affect the unborn baby, the preservative-free drug in the manufacturer's syringes is preferred.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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