GENERIC NAME: AMINOCAPROIC ACID - ORAL (a-MEE-noe-ka-PROE-ik-AS-id)
BRAND NAME(S): Amicar
USES: This medication is used to treat severe bleeding caused by problems with the blood clotting system, which helps you to stop bleeding. Aminocaproic acid works by affecting the blood clotting system, thereby slowing/stopping bleeding after surgery, in some bleeding conditions, or in severe liver disease.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor. It is important to take each dose at the correct time for this medication to be most effective. Do not skip any doses or take this medication more often than prescribed.If you are using the liquid form of this medication, measure your dose with a special measuring spoon or device. Do not use a household spoon because it may not provide the correct dose.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual tiredness, dizziness, stuffy nose, or watery eyes may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: ringing in the ears, vision changes, shortness of breath.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: muscle pain/weakness, change in the amount of urine, confusion, slow heartbeat, persistent sore throat, unusual bleeding or bruising.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, seizures.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking aminocaproic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as paraben preservatives in the liquid product), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: bleeding of unknown cause, a certain bleeding condition (disseminated intravascular coagulation-DIC), a certain clotting problem (active intravascular clotting), a certain cause of blood in the urine (upper urinary tract bleeding).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, other blood/bleeding disorders (e.g., hemophilia, uremia).This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: blood clotting factors (e.g., Factor IX complex, anti-inhibitor coagulant complex), hormonal birth control (e.g., the pill, patch, ring), estrogens.This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know that you use this drug.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: sudden change in amount of urine, seizures.
NOTES: This medication is usually given in the hospital so your condition can be monitored closely until bleeding is controlled.Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., platelet counts, blood clotting tests, CPK levels) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: It is important to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, and contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up unless directed to do so by your doctor.
STORAGE: Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-888-633-4298 (US) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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