Lovenox / Enoxaparin Sodium

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Lovenox injection is a sterile solution containing enoxaparin sodium, a low molecular weight heparin. Heparins help prolong the clotting time of blood. Lovenox is indicated for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis, a condition that may lead to pulmonary embolism. A doctor will usually prescribe the drug to a patient following hip or knee replacement surgery, and in some cases following abdominal surgery. Patients are at the highest risk of developing a potentially fatal blood clot during the initial days following a major operation, when they are unable to walk. The anticoagulant may also be prescribed to prevent blood clots from forming in the arteries of the heart. Lovenox is available by prescription only.

Possible side effects of Lovenox include, but may not be limited to, blood in one's urine, bloody or black, tarry stools, bruising, fever, headache, irritability, lightheadedness, fatigue and shortness of breath. Lovenox cannot be used interchangeably with other low-molecular-weight heparins.

Use of enoxaparin has been associated with cases of epidural or spinal hematomas, masses of clotted blood that form in a tissue or organ. Spinal hematomas have been known to cause permanent paralysis. Thrombocytopenia, a persistent decrease in the number of blood platelets that is associated with severe hemorrhaging, can occur after enoxaparin is administered.

In April 2002 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Lovenox's manufacturer, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, informed healthcare professionals that prosthetic heart valve thrombosis in patients with prosthetic valves may be associated with enoxaparin use. Some of these instances involved pregnant women in whom thrombosis led to maternal deaths and fetal deaths. According to Aventis and the FDA, pregnant women receiving enoxaparin should be carefully monitored.

See your doctor if you have experienced an adverse reaction after being administered a Lovenox injection. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Blood Thinning Drugs: Overview
  2. Blood Clots
  3. Bruises: Overview
  4. Fatigue: Overview
  5. Headaches
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