A healthcare provider may prescribe Fragmin® (dalteparin sodium) to prevent and treat blood clots in certain situations.
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 comes in multi-dose vials or prefilled syringes. Fragmin is given subcutaneously, which means it is injected just under the skin.
Fragmin injections are typically given in the fatty layer on the abdomen (the "stomach" area), upper thigh, or a buttock. 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 use Fragmin syringes.
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 the multi-dose vials or prefilled syringes, click Fragmin. This article offers more detailed information on how this drug works, possible side effects, and safety precautions to be aware of.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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