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Aminocaproic Acid

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Amicar®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antifibrinolytic Agent;Antihemophilic Agent;Hemostatic Agent;Lysine Analog

    Uses
    • It is used to stop and treat bleeding.
    • Aminocaproic acid works to stop or lower bleeding.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Oral:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • There is a liquid (syrup) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Injection:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Do not freeze liquid.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • The shot will be given to you in a doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to aminocaproic acid or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have blood clots.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Belly pain.
    • Swelling.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Nose stuffiness.
    • Injection:
    • Pain and irritation where this drug goes into the body.
    • Short-term pain after use.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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