What is Fragmin?Fragmin is a medicine used subcutaneously (just below the skin) to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg) and ischemic (restricted blood flow to an area) complications associated with chest pain and heart attacks.
What is the most important information I should know about Fragmin?Fragmin should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet [type of blood cells that form clots to help stop bleeding] counts caused by heparin). It is therefore very important to inform your doctor if you have had a previous reaction to any heparin products. In addition, if you develop a rash or dark red spots under the skin, contact your doctor immediately as this can be a sign of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.
Fragmin can lead to increased bleeding. Your doctor will monitor you for this while you are receiving Fragmin in the hospital. If your doctor instructs you to use Fragmin after you are discharged from the hospital, you should contact your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising.
Who should not take Fragmin?Your doctor will not administer Fragmin to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have certain medical conditions that can increase your risk of bleeding.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fragmin?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fragmin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver impairment, high blood pressure, cancer, history of bleeding, decreased platelets in your blood, an allergy to pork products, history of stroke or other brain injuries, eye disorders, or if you recently underwent or plan on having surgery.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you subcutaneously.
How should I take Fragmin?Your doctor will administer Fragmin to you in a hospital setting and will monitor you for bleeding. Your doctor will determine if you need to administer Fragmin at home, and he/she will instruct you on the appropriate injection techniques.
What should I avoid while taking Fragmin?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fragmin?If Fragmin is administered with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.
What are the possible side effects of Fragmin?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: allergic reactions, bleeding, fever, itching, pain at the injection site, rash
Can I receive Fragmin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Fragmin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Fragmin?Fragmin should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. However, if you are instructed to use Fragmin at home and you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor for advice.
How should I store Fragmin?Store Fragmin at room temperature.