A healthcare provider may prescribe Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium) to prevent and treat blood clots. The medication is also approved to prevent complications in people who have recently had certain cardiac events.
This medication is a type of blood thinner and comes in the form of an injection that is given once or twice a day. It is given subcutaneously, which means it is injected just under the skin.
Lovenox 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 Lovenox.
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 Lovenox and How to Give Lovenox Injections. These articles offer more detailed information on how this drug works, possible side effects, and step-by-step instructions on how to administer this injection.)