Fondaparinux sodium

Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Superficial vein thrombosis
Adult: 2.5 mg once daily for 30-45 days.

Venous thromboembolism
Adult: <50 kg: 5 mg once daily; 50-100 kg: 7.5 mg once daily; >100 kg: 10 mg once daily. Treatment duration: 5-9 days, or until oral anticoagulation is established.

Prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis in abdominal and orthopaedic surgery
Adult: 2.5 mg once daily, starting 6-8 hr after surgery, continue for at least 5-9 days. In high-risk patients, 6-14 days or up to 32 days in hip fracture.
Renal Impairment
Venous thromboembolism:
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<30 Contraindicated.

Superficial vein thrombosis; Prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis in abdominal and orthopaedic surgery:
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<20 Contraindicated.
20-50 1.5 mg once daily.
Active major bleeding, bacterial endocarditis, history of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Patient weighing <50 kg and who are to undergo hip fracture, hip replacement, knee replacement or abdominal surgery. Severe renal impairment (CrCl <20 mL/min if used in venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and treatment of superficial vein thrombosis; CrCl <30 mL/min in the treatment of VTE).
Special Precautions
Patient w/ increased risk of haemorrhage (e.g. congenital or acquired bleeding disorders, history or active GI ulceration, intracranial haemorrhage, recent brain, spinal or ophth surgery); body wt <50 kg. Increased risk of spinal or epidural haematomas in patient undergoing neuraxial (spinal/epidural) anaesth or spinal puncture esp w/ post-op use of indwelling epidural catheters and concurrent use of medications affecting haemostasis. Moderate renal and severe hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Hip-fracture, hip-replacement, or knee-replacement surgery: Anaemia, fever, nausea, oedema, constipation, rash, vomiting, insomnia, increased wound drainage, hypokalaemia, UTI, dizziness, purpura, hypotension, confusion, bullous eruption, urinary retention, haematoma, major bleeding, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, post-op haemorrhage, and headache. Treatment of venous thromboembolism: Constipation, headache, insomnia, fever, nausea, UTI, and coughing. Abdominal surgery: Post-op wound infection and haemorrhage, fever, surgical site reaction, anaemia, HTN, pneumonia, vomiting.
Potentially Fatal: Epidural or spinal haematomas that may result in permanent paralysis.
Parenteral/SC: B
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor CBC, platelet count, serum creatinine and stool occult blood regularly.
Symptoms: Haemorrhagic complications. Management: Discontinue treatment and initiate suitable therapy (e.g. surgical haemostasis, blood replacements, fresh plasma transfusion, plasmapheresis).
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of bleeding w/ (e.g. desirudin, fibrinolytic drugs, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa-receptor antagonists, heparin, heparinoids or LMWH).
Mechanism of Action: Fondaparinux, a synthetic pentasaccharide, acts as a selective inhibitor of activated factor X. It works by binding selectively to antithrombin III and potentiates the neutralisation of factor Xa. This will interrupt the blood coagulation cascade and inhibit both thrombin formation and thrombus development.
Absorption: Rapidly and completely absorbed. Bioavailability: 100%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 2-3 hr.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 7-11 L. Plasma protein binding: ≥94% (mainly to antithrombin III).
Excretion: Via urine (64-77% as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: 17-21 hr.
Chemical Structure

Chemical Structure Image
Fondaparinux sodium

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Fondaparinux sodium, CID=636380, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store below 25°C. Do not freeze.
MIMS Class
Anticoagulants, Antiplatelets & Fibrinolytics (Thrombolytics)
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