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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.