Enoxaparin: Injecting at home

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A guide on how to give your child enoxaparin injections. Find out the injection sites and how to discard the needle.

Key points

  • Enoxaparin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner).
  • Enoxaparin helps prevent unwanted blood clots or existing clots from getting bigger.
  • It is given for as long as your child needs it.
  • Enoxaparin can be injected into the thigh or upper arm (for infants older than four to six months).
  • It comes in two forms: a multi-dose bottle and pre-filled syringes.
  • You will be given a prescription for the right size of syringes if using the multi-dose bottle. They are called insulin syringes and come in sizes of 30 units (3/10 mL), 50 units (1/2 mL) and 100 units (1 mL). The size of the syringe depends on the prescribed dosage.
  • Enoxaparin does not require refrigeration, and can be kept at room temperature.
  • Once opened, the multi-dose bottle can be used for 28 days only.
  • 1 unit on the insulin syringe = 1 mg of enoxaparin.
Last updated: February 2nd 2024