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Joint Replacement Center Johnson City

 

 

The Joint Replacement Center at
Johnson City Medical Center
About Lovenox


Lovenox is an anticoagulant ("anti" means against and "coagulant" refers to clotting) that is used to help prevent the formation of blood clots in patients at risk.

Lovenox is given by injection, which can be done by you or an appropriate caregiver (your nurse will show you or your caregiver how to do this). In the hospital you will get a Lovenox 30 mg injection twice a day. When you are discharged, you will have Lovenox 40 mg injections daily for 10 to 20 days depending on your surgery.

Your doctor will determine how long you will need to take this medication. DO NOT change your dose or stop taking this medication unless instructed by your doctor.

How Lovenox Should Be Taken:
  • It is important to take Lovenox at the same time every day. If you need to, mark the calendar as you take it to remind yourself that you have taken it for the day.
  • Take only the amount of Lovenox prescribed for you.
  • Continue the injections for exactly the number of days specified by your doctor.
  • Look at your old injection sites for the following: redness, pain, warmth, puffiness, discoloration of the skin or oozing, which could be signs of infection or skin reaction.
  • If you forget to take your dose, DO NOT double your dose the next day, but take your regularly prescribed dose.
  • Lovenox should be stored at controlled room temperature, 59° F to 77° F.
  • Accidental overdose may result in severe bleeding, which cannot be treated at home. If you suspect that you have used too much Lovenox, it is important to call your doctor immediately, even if you have not observed any unusual symptoms. Your doctor can make a decision on proper treatment.
Special Instructions While on Lovenox:
  • Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush to avoid scratching your gums. Inform your dentist, dental hygienist or any other doctor treating you that you are taking Lovenox.
  • Inform the doctor if you are planning any dental work or any surgical procedure while you are taking Lovenox.
  • Use an electric razor for shaving rather than a straight-edge razor.
  • Avoid scratching the skin, which might break the surface or irritate it.
  • Wear gloves when gardening. Be careful when you use sharp items such as knives or power tools.
  • Always wear shoes or slippers to protect the soles of your feet. Never trim corns, calluses, or nails with a sharp knife or razor blade.
  • To prevent falls, place a non-slip bathmat in the tub and remove throw rugs.
  • Avoid activities or contact sports that could easily lead to injury and bleeding.
  • If you are to be away from home for any length of time (such as a vacation), inform your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor before drinking alcoholic beverages. Alcohol may increase the risk of stomach irritation and bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid use of estrogen products and oral contraceptives. Check with your doctor for alternative methods of birth control.
  • Avoid blowing nose forcefully.
  • Maintain adequate fluids.
  • Keep Lovenox and all medications out of the reach of children.

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