Tinzaparin in outpatients with pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis

William E. Dager, Jeff H. King, Jennifer M. Branch, Stacey L. Chow, Ruby E. Ferrer, Sandy Pak, Patti Y. Togioka, Richard H White

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BACKGROUND: The low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) have been shown to be effective in the outpatient treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Data regarding outpatient use of any LMWH in pulmonary embolism (PE) or tinzaparin in DVT while transitioning therapy to a vitamin K antagonist are limited. OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety and efficacy of tinzaparin in patients with either DVT or PE being transitioned to warfarin during LMWH therapy in the outpatient setting. METHODS: All patients who were treated with at least one outpatient dose of tinzaparin for venous thromboembolism (VTE) were identified. Charts of all patients followed within the University of California Davis healthcare system were reviewed. The incidence of bleeding and recurrent thromboembolism over a minimum of the first 4 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks after initiating anticoagulation was assessed. RESULTS: A total of 178 patients with acute VTE were treated with tinzaparin, and outcomes could be determined in 140 cases. Forty-seven percent of these patients had objectively documented PE. Only one (0.7%) case of recurrent VTE was observed. Major bleeding was documented in 5 (3.6%) and minor bleeding in 8 (5.8%) patients. Two bleeding events, both major, occurred during tinzaparin therapy. CONCLUSIONS: Outpatient use of tinzaparin during transition to warfarin therapy in the treatment of VTE, including PE, appears to be feasible in patients who are judged candidates for home therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1182-1187
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Low-molecular-weight heparin
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Tinzaparin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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