Lovenox, Heparin, and WTF.
During my endocrinologist appointment last week, I brought up that itchy, scratchy Lovenox rash to my OB/GYN, Dr. T. And she wasn’t comfortable with how my body reacted.
“That rash is from two weeks ago? How does it feel now?”
“Less itchy, that’s for sure. But it got all hivey and wouldn’t relax, not for about a week. It itched like mad.”
“I don’t like that. I don’t want you to continue to take Lovenox, especially if it gave you that reaction. Who knows how bad the reaction could be the next time? I want to switch you to something else.” She started to write on my chart. “Heparin could be another alternative for you.”
“Okay, what’s the difference?”
She told me that both Lovenox and Heparin are large-molecule drugs that don’t pass into the placenta, so Bsparl is safe, and also that they both serve the same purpose: to protect me and my baby from blood clots (the risk of which increases with both Factor V and pregnancy).
But you guys know how I am by now. I feel weird taking extra drugs, and I’m very conservative about adding more and more Rxs to my daily routine. Also, consulting with Dr. Google brings me all this scary information about how Heparin is a category C drug, meaning it could have effects on the baby. I don't know what's what, but I do know that I need to trust my doctor and her years of experience over a Google search. (Right now, I'm wondering if I can bypass these drugs altogether and just work out in the airplane bathroom for the whole flight. Kidding. Sort of.)
Yet I still find myeslf feeling uneasy, and looking to see if any of you have had personal experience with Heparin. I'm very WTF about this and confused as can be. Right now, I’m only on insulin, pre-natal vitamins, and blood pressure meds (don’t worry – safe for baby), but according to Dr. T, I’ll be taking something to help protect me from clots for six weeks after BSparl is born. (Great.) So now is a good time to figure out what works best for me.
Once again, I’m clueless about what to expect. I’m sorry to keep pestering you guys with all these questions, but when it comes to anything other than insulin, I’m lost. When I wrote about Lovenox before, you guys were invaluable and I learned a ton (even brought some of it up to my doctor). Now I’m asking once more – has anyone ever taken Heparin? Any weird, itchy side effects? Any burning at the injection site? Any … anything?
(And BSparl says hi. He just sent a messenger pigeon to me from the womb. He is baking cookies in there. Busy little peanut.)