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Tinzaparin Dosage

Various factors affect the dosage of tinzaparin you are given, such as how much you weigh and whether you are taking any other medications. This prescription "blood thinner" comes in the form of an injection, which is administered just under the skin once a day. You or a caregiver may administer the injections if you are sent home from the hospital with this medication.

An Introduction to Dosing With Tinzaparin

The dose of tinzaparin sodium (Innohep®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your weight
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Tinzaparin Dosage for Treating DVT Clots

The standard tinzaparin dosage for treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) clots is based on weight. Specifically, the recommended amount is 175 IU per kg of body weight (approximately 80 IU per pound) once daily.
 
Tinzaparin is only approved for use along with warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®). It should be continued for at least six days and at least until blood tests show that the warfarin is working appropriately. Specifically, the International Normalized Ratio (INR), the test used to check how well warfarin is working, should be in the correct range for at least two days in a row before tinzaparin can be stopped.
 

General Information on Using Tinzaparin

Considerations to keep in mind while using tinzaparin include the following:
 
  • This medication is given as an injection just under the skin (subcutaneously) once a day.
     
  • The injections are usually given in the fatty layer on the abdomen (the "stomach" area), the upper thigh, or the upper area of a buttock.
     
  • If you are in a hospital, a healthcare provider will probably administer the injection. However, you may be sent home with this medication, in which case you or a caregiver must administer the injections.
     
  • Make sure your healthcare provider shows you exactly how to inject a tinzaparin dose.
     
  • Do not inject tinzaparin into a muscle. It should be injected into the fat layer under the skin.
     
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be given as prescribed. You may be increasing your risk for serious problems if you stop using it too soon.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with tinzaparin, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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