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Enoxaparin Sodium Injection (Home Infusion)
About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered enoxaparin, an anticoagulant ''blood thinner'', to prevent harmful blood clots from forming. It is often prescribed for patients after hip or knee replacement surgery. It works by stopping the formation of substances that cause clots. The drug will be injected under the skin (subcutaneously) one or two times daily. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Your health care provider (doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) may measure the effectiveness and side effects of your treatment using laboratory tests and physical examinations. It is important to keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. The length of treatment depends on how you respond to the medication.
Before administering enoxaparin,
Administering your medication
Enoxaparin comes as an injection in a syringe. Before you administer enoxaparin, look at the solution closely. It should be clear and free of floating material. Observe the syringe to make sure there are no leaks. Do not use the solution if it is discolored, if it contains particles, or if it leaks. Use a new syringe, but show the damaged one to your health care provider.
It is important that you use your medication exactly as directed. Do not change your dosing schedule without talking to your health care provider.
Enoxaparin is to be injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) but not into your muscle. Your health care provider will teach you how to give yourself the shot or arrangements will be made for someone else to give you the shot. Enoxaparin usually is injected in the stomach area. You must use a different area of the stomach each time you give the shot. If you have questions about where to give the shot, ask your health care provider. Each syringe has enough drug for one shot. Do not use the syringe and needle more than one time.
To inject enoxaparin, follow these steps:
Although side effects from enoxaparin are not common, they can occur. Tell your health care provider if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your health care provider immediately:
Storing your medication
Store your medication only as directed. Make sure you understand what you need to store your medication properly.
Keep your supplies in a clean, dry place when you are not using them, and keep all medications and supplies out of reach of children. Your health care provider will tell you how to throw away used needles, syringes, tubing, and containers to avoid accidental injury.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Signs of infection
If you are receiving enoxaparin under your skin, you need to know the symptoms of a catheter-related infection (an infection where the needle enters your skin). If you experience any of these effects near the infusion site, tell your health care provider as soon as possible:
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT