fondaparinux sodium - injection, Arixtra (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.Before using fondaparinux, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to natural rubber/latex; or if you have any other allergies. The needle cover on the prefilled syringe may contain dry natural rubber (latex). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about your product.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using fondaparinux, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have: infection in the heart (bacterial endocarditis), severe kidney disease, current serious bleeding (e.g., bleeding ulcer), low platelet count because of antiplatelet antibody.Before using fondaparinux, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding/blood problems (e.g., low blood count/platelets), a past blood-clotting problem because of heparin (heparin-induced thrombocytopenia), certain eye problem (diabetic retinopathy), high blood pressure, kidney disease, seizures, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., recent ulcers, colitis), stroke, recent spinal procedures or puncture, recent surgery (especially on the eye, brain, or spine), low body weight (less than 50 kilograms/110 pounds).Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like safety razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for bleeding while using this drug.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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