Lovenox vs. Arixtra

Are Arixtra and Lovenox the Same Thing?

Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium) and Arixtra (fondaparinux) are blood thinners (anticoagulants) used to prevent blood clots.

Lovenox is typically used to prevent blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs. Lovenox is also used to prevent blood vessel complications in people with certain types of angina (chest pain) or heart attacks called non-Q-wave myocardial infarction or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

Arixtra is used to prevent blood clots, often in people undergoing certain surgical procedures.

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What Are Possible Side Effects of Lovenox?

Common side effects of Lovenox include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Arixtra?

Common side effects of Arixtra include:

What Is Lovenox?

Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium) Injection is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) used to prevent blood clots that are sometimes called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to blood clots in the lungs. A DVT can occur after certain types of surgery, or in people who are bed-ridden due to a prolonged illness. Lovenox is also used to prevent blood vessel complications in people with certain types of angina (chest pain) or heart attacks called non-Q-wave myocardial infarction or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction.

What Is Arixtra?

Arixtra (fondaparinux) is an inhibitor of the blood clotting Factor X and is used to prevent blood clots, often in people undergoing certain surgical procedures. Arixtra should be used with extreme caution in people who have other medical conditions that cause an increased bleeding risk.

What Drugs Interact With Lovenox?

Lovenox may interact with aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other medicines to prevent blood clots.

Lovenox may also interact with dextran.

What Drugs Interact With Arixtra?

Arixtra may interact with dextran, abciximab, eptifibatide, ticagrelor, tirofiban, alteplase, reteplase, tenecteplase, urokinase, anagrelide, cilostazol, clopidogrel, dipyridamole, eltrombopag, oprelvekin, prasugrel, romiplostim, ticagrelor, ticlopidine, argatroban, bivalirudin, dabigatran, lepirudin, dalteparin, enoxaparin, rivaroxaban, heparin, tinzaparin, warfarin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or salicylates such as aspirin and others. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

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How Should Lovenox Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Lovenox for most patients is 5 mg taken orally twice daily.

The recommended dose of Lovenox is 2.5 mg twice daily in patients with at least two of the following characteristics:

How Should Arixtra Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Arixtra is 2.5 mg administered by subcutaneous injection.

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References


Sanofi-aventis. Lovenox Product Information.

https://www.lovenox.com/

GlaxoSmithKline. Arixtra Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/021345s010lbl.pdf

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