Enoxaparin sodium

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Enoxaparin sodium
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Clinical data
Trade names Lovenox, Clexane
AHFS/Drugs.com monograph
MedlinePlus a696006
Licence data US FDA:link
  • B
Legal status
Routes of
Subcutaneous (SC) Injection and intravenous (IV) per package insert
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 92%
Protein binding 80% bound-albumin
Metabolism primarily by kidneys
Biological half-life 4.5 hours
CAS Registry Number 9005-49-6 YesY
ATC code B01AB05
PubChem CID: 772
DrugBank DB01225 N
KEGG D07510 YesY
Chemical data
Formula (C26H40N2O36S5)n
Molecular mass 4500 daltons (average)
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Enoxaparin is a low molecular weight heparin marketed under the trade names Lovenox, Xaparin and Clexane, among others. It is an anticoagulant used to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, and is given as a subcutaneous injection (by a health care provider or the patient). Its use is evolving in acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

Enoxaparin is manufactured by Sanofi and is derived from the intestinal mucosa of pigs. Generic versions are available from Amphastar Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz.


  • treatment of unstable angina (UA) and non-Q-wave myocardial infarction (NQMI), administered concurrently with aspirin
  • prophylaxis of DVT
  • total hip and knee replacement
  • abdominal surgery
  • treatment of DVT with or without PE
  • treatment of DVT inpatient, with ACS, including STEMI
  • antiphospholipid syndrome

Mechanism of action[edit]

Enoxaparin binds to and accelerates the activity of antithrombin III. By activating antithrombin III, enoxaparin preferentially potentiates the inhibition of coagulation factors Xa and IIa(thrombin). The anticoagulant effect of enoxaparin can be directly correlated to its ability to inhibit factor Xa. Factor Xa catalyzes the conversion of prothrombin to thrombin, so enoxaparin's inhibition of this process results in decreased thrombin and ultimately the prevention of fibrin clot formation.

Alternatively: Enoxaparin binds to Factor Xa. It does not bind ATIII as the signal peptide is not long enough to bind to ATIII or thrombin.


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  • Anti-factor Xa levels can be measured, and are generally used to monitor enoxaparin activity in certain subgroups of patients. Anti-factor Xa levels may be recommended in underweight, obese, pregnant, or renally impaired patients. Anti-Xa levels should be checked at their peak at 4 hours after dosing (both q12 and q24 variations). Since the action on F10a/F2a generation is much more important than just anti-F10a concentration LMWH should be monitored by an ultra-specific and ultra-sensitive thrombin generation assay (INCA or EXCA). Because enoxaparin is dosed by weight, weight should also be monitored.[1]


Enoxaparin is a FDA pregnancy category B drug, and is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Enoxaparin does not cross the placenta. In animal models, there was no evidence of teratogenic effects or fetotoxicity due to enoxaparin. Pregnancy alone can raise a woman's risk of life-threatening thromboembolic event. Enoxaparin can be used during all stages of pregnancy; however, it should be closely monitored by a physician.

Side effects[edit]

Reversal agent[edit]

Protamine is less effective at reversing enoxaparin compared to heparin, with a maximum neutralisation of approximately 60% of the anti-factor Xa effect.[5]


Typical 40-mg prefilled Clexane syringe

100 mg/mL concentration

  • Prefilled Syringes: 30 mg/0.3mL, 40 mg/0.4mL
  • Graduated Prefilled Syringes: 60 mg/0.6mL, 80 mg/0.8mL, 100 mg/1mL
  • Multiple Dose Vials: 300 mg/3.0mL

150 mg/mL concentration

  • Graduated Prefilled Syringes: 120 mg/0.8mL, 150 mg/1mL
  • There are many other L.M.W.H agonists, like Fragmin (dalteparin sodium).

Cost and market[edit]

Annual sales approximately $4.06 billion.[citation needed]

Enoxaparin is not protected by US patent due to inequitable conduct on the filing of Patent No. 5,389,618.[6]


Clexane®, Klexane®, Lovenox®, Xaparin, ENOXAPARIN u.a.


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