Lovenox: This medication is given as an injection just under the skin (as a subcutaneous injection). In certain circumstances, it may also be administered intravenously (by IV).
The injections are usually given in the fatty layer on the abdomen (the "stomach" area).
Lovenox is usually given in the fatty layer of the abdomen but can also be given in the thigh or fatty layer of the upper arm but preferrably the abdomen or thigh. I have been on and off Lovenox and Coumadin for years and will be on Coumadin the rest of my life and I go on Lovenox when my levels are not therapeutic or if I have to come off the Coumadin for a procedure/surgery. Hope this helps some, marjorie zych
Using your belly button as a reference point you can inject yourself anywhere from one inch above and one inch below your belly button anywhere that you can reach in the abdominal area. You should not inject yourself within a one inch diameter of the belly button itself. If you rotate doing your shot on the left side one day and the right side the next day you will reduce the chance of getting hematomas on your abdominal area. You can also inject yourself in the thigh as well, but the preferred spot is the abdominal area.
The NIH studies show absolutely no difference in PT/PTT blood work when it comes to injection site of Lovenox(injection site tested: abdomen 2" from belly button, upper arm in fatty layer, buttocks and outer thigh; given subcutaneously. There is zero evidence to support abdominal injection is any better or worse... it's equal to other SQ sites.
- Lovenox Information for Consumers
- Lovenox Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lovenox (detailed)
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