Lovenox (There may be other brand names for this medication.)
How is Enoxaparin Administered?
Enoxaparin comes as an injection in a syringe to be injected just under the skin (subcutaneously), usually in the stomach area. You must use a different area of the stomach for each injection. (Note: Enoxaparin is not injected into your muscle.) Each syringe has enough drug in it for one shot. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
To inject enoxaparin, follow these instructions:
- Wash your hands and the area of skin where you will give the shot.
- Look at the syringe to be sure the drug is clear and colorless or pale yellow.
- Take the cap off the needle. Do not push any air or drug out of the syringe before giving the shot unless your health care provider tells you to.
- Lie down and pinch a fold of skin between your finger and thumb. Push the entire needle into the skin and then press down on the syringe plunger to inject the drug. Hold onto the skin the entire time you give the shot. Do not rub the site after you give the shot.
If you have questions about where to give the shot, ask your health care provider. Each syringe and needle should be used one time – do NOT reuse a syringe or the needle. Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider will tell you how to throw away used needles and syringes to avoid accidental injury.
What Is It Used For?
This drug is used to prevent and treat blood clots.