What should I know about enoxaparin before receiving it?

Anyone who has had spinal damage or surgery should be extra cautious after being injected with enoxaparin, because it can trigger a condition known as spinal or epidural hematoma. Signs of this condition include muscle weakness and tingling or numbness in your legs. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.

Enoxaparin injection can cause your skin to bruise or bleed easily. Be careful to avoid nicks and cuts during personal grooming or other activities. Further, always inform your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication before undergoing any procedures. Your chance of bleeding will increase even more if you take any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), including aspirin.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not known if enoxaparin injections can harm an unborn baby or pass through breast milk. Discuss all of your medical conditions and history with your doctor before using this medication, as enoxaparin injections generally may be risky for people with conditions that may cause bleeding, such as stomach ulcers, intestinal ulcers, bowel disease or diverticulitis.

Tell your doctor if you have had a stroke, recent surgery or delivered a baby. You should also inform your doctor if you have had a heart infection, kidney disease or liver disease. You should discuss with your doctor any allergies to any medications or foods that you have before using enoxaparin, in order to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction to this medication.

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