Enoxaparin (Injection)

Brand Names

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 medication 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 medication 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 fingers and thumb. Push the entire needle into the skin and then press down on the syringe plunger. 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.

What Is It Used For?

This drug is used to prevent and treat blood clots.

How Does it Work?

Enoxaparin is in a class of medications called low molecular weight heparins, a type of anticoagulant medication that stops the formation of substances that cause clots. You may hear the team “blood thinner”.

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