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What is the connection between lovenox (enoxaparin) and heparin?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Lovenox (enoxaparin): They are both forms of heparin. One is given iv, the other usually subcutaneously. Both have the same effects and risks. Lovenox (enoxaparin) is 20x more expensive.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
See below: Lovenox (enoxaparin) is a form of Heparin called low molecular weight Heparin (lmwh). Lmwh has less risk than regular heparin, and only needs to be administered once or twice a day.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 18 years experience
A smaller type: Lovenox (enoxaparin) is a smaller molecule version of heparin, and it helps to combat blood clots, like heparin; they are in the same family. Also, due to its slight differences in chemical structure, Lovenox (enoxaparin) doesn’t have as much risk for an allergic reaction called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).

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Last updated Jun 11, 2017


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