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Therapeutic Class: Hemostatic
Aminocaproic acid is an antifibrinolytic agent. It is used to treat serious bleeding conditions, especially when the bleeding occurs after dental surgery or other kinds of surgery. aminocaproic acid is also sometimes given before an operation to prevent serious bleeding for patients with medical problems that increase the chance of bleeding.
aminocaproic acid is available only with your doctor's prescription.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For aminocaproic acid, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to aminocaproic acid or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of aminocaproic acid in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of aminocaproic acid in geriatric patients.
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Using aminocaproic acid with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of aminocaproic acid. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Take aminocaproic acid only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Measure the oral solution with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
The dose of aminocaproic acid will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of aminocaproic acid. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
aminocaproic acid needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
It is very important that your doctor check your progress while you are using aminocaproic acid. Blood tests may be needed to see if the medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
Using aminocaproic acid for a long time may cause muscle problems and serious kidney disease. Check with your doctor right away if you have a dark-colored urine; fever; joint pain; muscle cramps or spasms; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using aminocaproic acid. aminocaproic acid may affect the results of certain medical tests.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:Incidence not known
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:Incidence not known
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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