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What is the difference between warfarin and lovenox (enoxaparin)?

What is the difference between warfarin and lovenox (enoxaparin)?

Many: Warfarin is a vitamin k antagonist and is given in pill form and is much cheaper, requires constant checking levels in the blood ( pt-inr). Lovenox (enoxaparin) is a low molecular sintetic heparin, injectable once or twice a day subcutaneously, much more expensive buy does not requiere to check the levels in the blood tests. Warfarin has to be stopped 3 to 5 days before surgery, Lovenox (enoxaparin) only 36 hrs. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Goldhaber
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Enoxaparin (Definition)

Enoxaparin is a blood thinner that is injected twice a day and has an excellent safety profile. It should be discontinued 24 hours prior to delivery if possible to decrease bleeding. Epidural anesthesia may not be able to be given to women on blood ...Read more


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Difference between warfarin and lovenox (enoxaparin)?

Difference between warfarin and lovenox (enoxaparin)?

See below: Both are blood thinners that act on different parts of the coagulation (clotting) pathway in our system, warfarin is oral and needs regular blood test to check if it is in a good level, avoid eating vitamin k rich foods like dark greens while on this med. Lovenox (enoxaparin) is injectable, dosing computed thru weight. ...Read more

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Do you have to take lovenox (enoxaparin) before warfarin?

Do you have to take lovenox (enoxaparin) before warfarin?

Usually: Unless you were on Heparin or one of the other lmwh's (like arixtra), yes it is recommended to be anticoagulated when starting warfarin. This is because there is a brief increase in coagulation tendencies by release of the vit-k dependent clotting factors w/start of warfarin. Once depleted (few days), the Lovenox (enoxaparin) can be stopped. ...Read more

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29 f just diagnosis with 2 tiny pe. On two injections of lovenox, and coumadin (warfarin). Saw i'm at risk of during within 30 days of diagnosis. Is this true?

We're all at risk: We're all at risk - at least you're on the the correct treatment to prevent complications. Stay calm and carry on! on your regimen, your risk is very low. ...Read more

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I'm on lovenox inj 2x a day and Coumadin (warfarin) for two tiny pe's. Can i develop another pe while on them. I had no symptoms of my first ones. I'm scared.

I'm on lovenox inj 2x a day and Coumadin (warfarin) for two tiny pe's. Can i develop another pe while on them. I had no symptoms of my first ones. I'm scared.

Pulmonary embolism: Can be fatal if they are big enough. When your doctor investigated its source, he probably could not find it, if he did not recommend any other treatment. You should be on anticoagulants to minimize recurrence. And you should stop taking any meds that might predispose you, such as birth control pills, and stop smoking if you do smoke. Talk to your doctor on how to minimize your future risk. ...Read more

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Temp off Warfarin and on Lovenox (enoxaparin) injections twice a day. Drank on warfarin without issue, can I still have a few beers on the lovenox (enoxaparin)?

Temp off Warfarin and on Lovenox (enoxaparin) injections twice a day.  Drank on warfarin without issue, can I still have a few beers on the lovenox (enoxaparin)?

No: and I would ask why you aren't directing this question at the prescribers? I am sure if you asked your doctor whether it's ok to drink on Warfarin, s/he would tell you NO in no uncertain terms. Even moderate drinking impairs the metabolism of warfarin, often making you require higher doses, which is if you then lower your drinking may cause a high INR and bleeding risk. It is DANGEROUS. Stop. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has 2 clots in his lungs and is currently on warfarin/lovenox but INR is 1.4. What does this mean?

INR too low: Inr is a measure of relative blood "thinning", from warfarin. The Lovenox (enoxaparin) will keep his blood thin until the warfarin/inr level reaches a therapeutic levels between 2 and 3. Once the inr level is appropriate, the Lovenox (enoxaparin) can then be stopped. ...Read more

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Does flax seed oil interfere with lovenox or coumadin (warfarin)?

Can be a factor: Flax seed oil makes platelets more slippery and therefore reduce clotting. When combined with Coumadin (warfarin) this can be a factor for increasing bleeding and potentially dangerous. Close followup with your physician to monitor your protimes will help to reduce this risk and allow you to enjoy the benefits of the flax seed oil. ...Read more

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Warfarin (Definition)

Warfarin is a medication used to thin the blood and to prevent or treat people with blood clots. It requires frequent blood ...Read more


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Coumadin (Definition)

Coumadin is an anticholinergic agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug ...Read more