What is Lovenox?
Lovenox (enoxaparin) is used in the prevention of potentially fatal blood clots. A blood clot is exactly as it sounds, a coagulated clot of blood which is supposed to dissipate but for some reason does not. Blood clots tend to happen in people who sit for long periods of time or after situations where a person is sitting for a prolonged period of time—such as a long flight. The use of Lovenox to treat or thin out blood (which would prevent blood clots) can be critical in the prevention of strokes or heart attacks. Lovenox is part of the category of blood thinners known as anti-coagulants and is chiefly used in the prevention of a specific type of blood clot formed due to a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT leads to blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). DVT occurs most often in people who are bed-ridden for an extended period of time or after certain types of surgeries.
What are Blood Thinners and How Do They Work?
Put simply, a blood thinner is a type of medication that allows blood to flow more smoothly through veins. They are primarily useful in preventing blood clots from forming or worse—from getting bigger. Some conditions can potentially increase your chances of getting blood clots, and thus blood thinners are sometimes prescribed as a precaution.
While they are incredibly useful in preventing many blood-related issues, the downside to blood thinners is that it makes being wounded a much more dangerous situation to be in. For example, ordinarily you would cut your finger and it would bleed a reasonable amount relative to the wound, and with pressure—even without pressure, it would clot up and stop bleeding of its own accord. Blood thinners will cause you to bleed much more relative to the wound—which means any large wounds are now potentially life-threatening. Still, the advantages these drugs confer do in many cases outweigh this heavy con.
How is Lovenox Used?
Lovenox is administered via a subcutaneous injection. It is typically taken one to two times a day via the abdomen or as directed by your doctor. As with all injections, check the liquid for any sort of discoloration or particles within the solution prior to injecting. It is also recommended that you swab the injection site with rubbing alcohol to prevent any bacterial infections. You should change the site of injection each time you use the syringe so as to minimize any kind of irritation or bruising.
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