Blood Thinners

Since the Deep Vein Thrombosis (aka: blood clot) in my left leg I’ve been prescribed blood thinners.   Typically doctors place patients on Coumadin.  I am unable to take Coumadin as it negatively interacts with the other medications I take.

Initially I was prescribed 100mg/ml of Enoxaparin (a shot) daily.  A few months ago I switched to 7.5mg/0.6ml of Fondaparinux (also a shot) daily.  Note: Dosage varies by patient.

If possible (doctor, pharmacist, and insurance agree) based on my experience, I’d recommend switching to Fondaparinux.

Benefits of Fondaparinux:

  1. Less bruising.  I’m not sure why but I have substantially less bruising!  I no longer turn black and blue on my belly from administering the shots.
  2. Less monitoring of blood work.  Less blood draws & less times driving to the lab- a dream come true.  My blood seems to be more stable.  I’m monitored monthly instead of every two weeks.
  3. Ease of administration.  The act of pushing down the plunger and locking the needle closed takes much less effort.  It takes less effort and energy to do the same thing- sounds great to me.

I suspect the biggest driver in drug selection is insurance coverage.  I’ve purchased the generic product for both at the same cost.  This may or may not be the case for you.

About kimmywink

I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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4 Responses to Blood Thinners

  1. Diane Fink says:

    Thanks for passing on good info, you’re wise to be so knowledgeable, keeping updated on meds and treatments. My daughter’s father-in-law just diagnoised with lung “c” stage three, a Vietnam Vet (agent orange).
    We’re dry here in N.C., if y”all getting rain, send it this way ! Have a good weekend.

    • kimmywink says:

      Sorry to hear of your family member being diagnosed with Lung Cancer. It is no fun! I wish him well on his forthcoming treatment.

      We are getting rain! I’d love to send it your way if I could.

  2. Kelly says:

    I also heard from my doctor that another pill is on the way to the masses soon with similar benefits as fondaparinux. Yeah!

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