What's the difference between lovenox (enoxaparin) and heparin?

Lovenox (enoxaparin) vs. heparin. Unfractionated Heparin (UFH) & enoxaparin (lovenox or lmwh) both prevent blood clots by indirectly inhibiting the function of 2 important clotting factors, xa and iia (thrombin). Ufh is very large , while lmwh is smaller. Dosing of UFH is IV or sq every 8-12 hrs, and lmwh sq every 12-24 hrs. Care is needed with lmwh if renal failure. Ufh is more likely to cause hit, a dangerous allergic reaction.

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If I switched to heparin instead of the lovenox (enoxaparin) would there be any difference?

Use caution. If you have had spinal surgery and wish to switch ask you doctor and be very careful as some studies have shown a slight increase risk of bleeding at the surgery site with use of lovenox (enoxaparin). Read more...
Similar but.... Heparin and Lovenox (enoxaparin) work by basically the same mechanism. The main difference is how they are administered. For heparin, you have to have an IV and it is given as a continuous infusion. Lovenox (enoxaparin) is given as an injection. Both are reversible, but Heparin is easier to stop. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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). Read more...

What to do about heparin vs. Lovenox (enoxaparin) medication?

What is question? "Using heparin together with enoxaparin may increase the risk of bleeding, including severe and sometimes fatal hemorrhage. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns." (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1235-11326,978-533) Read more...

3 miscarriages and a&c mthfr should I be on lovenox (enoxaparin) or heparin on next pregnancy?

Discuss with a . Hematologist about a blood disorder possibly causing your miscarriages. Best wishes ! Read more...
Discuss with doctor. Not sure what a&c means. Mthfr mutation is very weakly associated with miscarriage. If you are heterozygous then blood thinning medicines are not indicated. If you are homozygous then possibly. Ask about a fasting homocystine test. Your age of 41 is also a risk factor for miscarriage. Read more...

What are the risks in taking lovenox (enoxaparin) /heparin during pregnancy? What if baby aspirin is taken as well?

Heparin. Plain Heparin and Lovenox (enoxaparin) (lmw heparin) can both cause easy bruising and bleeding, even hemorrhage, decrease in normal platelet numbers, bone thinning - scary stuff - but usually are very safe. The trick is never to use them without a clear benefit to outweigh the risks, and always monitored under a specialist care. Read more...

For pregnancy for someone with history of uedvt...What is diff b/w heparin and lovenox (enoxaparin)? Why would one also be on baby aspirin?

Heparins, etc. Unfractionated Heparin (UFH) can be given IV or sq (as prophylaxis) and was used historically and is used now especially if want to turn on/off and be able to reverse it (w/ protamine). Enoxaparin (lovenox) is a low molecular weight Heparin (lmwh) that can be given subcutaneously (sq) for prophylaxis or treatment. Aspirin is used more to prevent arterial (mi, tia, stroke) not venous clots. Read more...