A healthcare provider may prescribe Arixtra® (fondaparinux sodium) to prevent and treat blood clots.
This medication is a type of blood thinner and comes in the form of an injection that is given once a day. It is given subcutaneously, which means it is injected just under the skin.
Arixtra injections are typically given in the fatty layer on the abdomen (the "stomach" area). If you are in a hospital, a healthcare provider will probably administer the injection. However, you may be sent home with this medication, in which case you or a caregiver must administer the injections. Make sure your healthcare provider shows you exactly how to inject Arixtra.
Do not inject this medication into a muscle. For this drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. You may be increasing your risk for serious problems if you stop taking it too soon.
(For a closer look at using these injections, click Arixtra. This article offer more detailed information on how this drug works, possible side effects, and safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment with this medication.)