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    Old 05-06-2008, 09:08 AM   #1
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    I am extremely nervous about my dr. appt today. I have the lupus like anticoagulant and I am seeing a fertility specialist. My appt is to learn how to give myself heparin shots and I am so scared because of the whole 81 deaths with heparin thing but I also know that there is an alternative called Lovenox....anyone here know the difference should I request Lovenox or should I just take what my fertility doc gives me?

     
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    Old 05-06-2008, 09:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    Hi Mandy! I have lupus anticoagulant. You are the first person I have met that also has it. I took Lovenox injections until 35 weeks and then I started Heparin injections until I gave birth. The Lovenox stays in your system longer and only has to be done once a day. The Heparin doesn't stay in your system as long, has to be done twice a day and is very easily reversed. There are a few other girls on this board that were on Lovenox/Heparin for other reasons, but I believe everyone was on Lovenox for most of their pregnancy with Heparin at the end. There are few posts on here that we all talked about it. You can probably find them by searching on my name.

    If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer them. My pregnancy was fairly uneventful and my daughter is as healthy as can be. You will be fine.

     
    Old 05-06-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    thank you leela. i am going to ask doc today. i am so glad you replied so quickly! I feel alot better that you said you took lovenox for the most part. thank you,mandy

     
    Old 05-06-2008, 10:31 AM   #4
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    Anytime! Let me know how your appointment goes.

     
    Old 05-06-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    I have functional protein c deficiency and have to take coumadin for the rest of my life. If and when I decide to have a child I too will have to take heparin or lovenox. Let me know how it goes so I can see what I'm getting myself into.

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    Old 05-06-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    Hi

    I was on lovenox all throughout my pregnancy from week 4 to week 35.it was planned that i was to switch to heparin at 37 weeks though my waters broke unexpectedly at 35weeks on a thurs. i had no contractions so was induced and gave birth on fri. i took my last shot on thurs. my point is don t worry about bleeding i had no complications from the shots at all. (we were all worried about excessive bleeding).
    my probs were different i have essential thrombocytosis a defect in my bone marrow results in the excessive production of platelets thus making me prone to clots.

    My little boy was born premature though it had nothing to do with lovenox he is now nearly 14 weeks and doing great.

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    Old 05-06-2008, 04:16 PM   #7
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    hey everyone!! my appt was good. i have a whole box of heparin and a box of needles .......anyway i am going to try to get my HCG results today. they wanted to runa few tests to make sure its ok to take the heparin. so they went ahead and sis the hcg count bit if i dont get them back today i will for sure get them back first thing in the morning at about 8:30 am. but I will kepp y'all posted!!

     
    Old 05-07-2008, 07:54 AM   #8
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    Did they explain to you why they want you on Heparin instead of Lovenox? My high-risk doc originally said Heparin, but then ended up putting me on Lovenox. I was just wondering why you are going directly to Heparin.

     
    Old 05-07-2008, 08:17 AM   #9
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    the only thing she said is that most insurances dont pay for it. my doc RX me 20000 heparin and the pharmacy said that most of that was recalled and they didnt have any in stock. so instead of me taking the heparin 1/2 cc like i was prescribed i have to take 1cc (the whole syrenge!!!!) so i just called doc and they said that my results havent come in but they are going to call me back. (she is gonna call them) so as soon as i get my second HCG and the other 2 B/W results back they will give me the go ahead. so i will be posting here in a few!

     
    Old 05-07-2008, 08:19 AM   #10
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    Very interesting. I guess all doctors are different. I didn't have any problems with my Lovenox being covered. Good luck with everything!

     
    Old 05-07-2008, 08:28 AM   #11
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    thank you. hopefully i get some good news SOON!!!!

     
    Old 05-07-2008, 02:36 PM   #12
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    Hi Mandy:

    I am currently on Lovenox due to a blood clot I got when I was 12 weeks pregnant and eventually finding out I had a blood disorder. My dr. did tell me that some insurances do not like Lovenox because it is so expensive, which is true. When I received my claim of benefit, I almost died when I saw that one months supply was over $7000! My copay @ $40. I hope everything goes well for you!

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    Everything with me is ok. I am 29 weeks right now and counting They did another ultrasound on my leg and my clot is healing well and it seems there is no damage to my veins. Blood looks good other than low iron so I have to taken an extra iron supplement. My hemo still doesn't agree with my OB and peri but my OB is overriding him on some things so we will see how that all plays out. I love feeling him roll around in my belly but can't wait until he is safety out and in my arms!

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    Old 05-08-2008, 06:10 AM   #13
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    i paied like 20.00 for the needles and the heparin together. But i would do anything and pay anything to beable to carry this baby. all my other preg. ended in m/c. but i have never been on any type of drugs to help me. i am taking metformin-lowdose aspirin prenatals and heparin.....hopefully my concoction helps me out. the heparin isnt so bad though! it doesnt hurt like i thought it would! I think it was just the thought of having to have shots 2x daily for the whole pregnancy that freaked me out. anyway thanks for the info,mandy

     
    Old 05-08-2008, 07:34 AM   #14
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    I understand. I was so freaked out when I heard I would have to do two shots a day for my WHOLE pregnancy and then six weeks afterwards unless I choose to breastfeed and I would have to do it that whole time too. Then when I saw how bad I bruised, it really concerned me. I was so nervous...getting on here and talking to the other woman on Heparin / Lovenox really helped alot. It was nice to be able to hear about there experience and know - wow - me and the baby can be alright. BUT it is like nothing doing the shots now, I don't bruise anymore and it is just part of my routine Plus, it will go by so fast for you. I heard that those that do Heparin don't bruise hardly at all too so that is a big plus for you!!

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    Old 05-08-2008, 10:49 AM   #15
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    Re: Anyone Here On Heparin Shots?

    heparin gave me no bruises!! just a little red spot where the injection site is.
    i hope all is well with you!

     
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