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Dalteparin Dosage

If you are treating or preventing blood clots with dalteparin, the amount of your dosage will be based on several factors, such as your weight, the reason you are taking this medication, and other medical conditions you may have. This prescription "blood thinner" comes in the form of an injection, which is administered just under the skin once or twice a day.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Dalteparin

The dose of dalteparin sodium (Fragmin®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The reason you are taking dalteparin
  • Your weight
  • Your kidney function
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Dalteparin Dosing for Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Clots

The standard dosage of dalteparin for preventing blood clots in people undergoing abdominal (stomach) surgery is 2500 IU once daily for 5 to 10 days, starting 1 to 2 hours before surgery.
 
For especially high-risk people, a higher dose of 5000 IU once daily for 5 to 10 days, starting the evening before surgery, may be used. An alternative regimen for especially high-risk people is 2500 IU, starting 1 to 2 hours before surgery, 2500 IU 12 hours later, and then 5000 IU once daily for a total of 5 to 10 days of treatment.
 
There are three different standard dosing regimens for dalteparin for preventing blood clots in people undergoing hip replacement surgery, as follows:
 
  • Dalteparin 2500 IU 4 to 8 hours after surgery, then 5000 IU once daily
  • Dalteparin 2500 IU within 2 hours before surgery, 2500 IU 4 to 8 hours after surgery, and then 5000 IU once daily
  • Dalteparin 5000 IU 10 to 14 hours before surgery, 5000 IU 4 to 8 hours after surgery, and then 5000 IU once daily.
     
For all three hip replacement regimens, 5 to 10 days of total treatment is standard.
 
The standard dose of dalteparin for preventing blood clots in people who are acutely ill (and are immobilized) is dalteparin 5000 IU once daily.
 
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