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Anti-factor Xa levels in obese patients receiving enoxaparin for treatment and prophylaxis indications

Authors Tahaineh L, Edaily SM, Gharaibeh SF

Received 5 January 2018

Accepted for publication 20 March 2018

Published 18 May 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 63—70


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Arthur Frankel

Linda Tahaineh,1 Sahar M Edaily,1 Shadi F Gharaibeh2

1Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Irbid, Jordan; 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jerash University, Jerash, Jordan

Objectives: To evaluate the degree of anticoagulation achieved with different enoxaparin dosing regimens used in obese and morbidly obese patients in a hospital setting in Jordan.
Methods: All obese adult patients who were prescribed enoxaparin for various indications were invited to participate in the study. The anti-factor Xa (anti-Xa) level was checked once after 4–6 hours of the third or fourth dose of enoxaparin (at steady state). Patients were followed daily to evaluate drug efficacy and safety through their hospital course.
Results: Enoxaparin daily dose used for prophylaxis indications ranged from 0.3 to 0.85 mg/kg and from 0.31 to 2.25 mg/kg in case of certain treatment indications. Most participants who received enoxaparin for treatment indications (76.9%) were on capping dosing regimens, which was <1 mg/kg twice daily. On the other hand, most patients (88.5%) who received enoxaparin for prophylaxis indications were on a fixed 40 mg/d dose. Among the 52 patients who completed the study, 19 patients (36.5%) had therapeutic anti-Xa levels. The results showed no statistically significant associations between regimens that were used and achieving therapeutic anti-Xa level (p>0.05). No bleeding events or thrombocytopenia were noticed, and there was one case of recurrent thrombosis.
Conclusion: Enoxaparin dosing regimens that were used for obese patients varied based on prescribing physicians. Regardless of the regimen used, the majority of participants had nontherapeutic anti-Xa. Individualized dosing regimens based on anti-Xa levels are warranted for obese patients on enoxaparin.

anti-factor Xa, anticoagulation, enoxaparin, obesity

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