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Fondaparinux Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(fon da PARE i nuks)

U.S. Brand Names

Arixtra®

Canadian Brand Names

Arixtra®

Mexican Brand Names

Arixtra

Pharmacologic Category

Factor Xa Inhibitor

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• People who have had recent spinal anesthesia, epidurals, or spinal taps are more likely to have bleeding problems when started on this medicine. This bleeding rarely happens, but can be severe. Tell healthcare provider if you have had any spinal procedures. Do not take any other blood-thinner medicines including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

• Tell healthcare provider you use this medicine before you receive spinal anesthesia or a spinal procedure.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to fondaparinux or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have a latex allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you weigh less than 110 pounds or 50 kilograms.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Bleeding, a heart infection called endocarditis, or poor kidney function.

How does it work?

• Fondaparinux changes the body's clotting system. It thins the blood to prevent clots from forming.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Signs or symptoms of bleeding.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:46:21.0

Modified: 2010-07-01 15:48:23.0

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