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Aminocaproic Acid Oral tablet

It slows down or stops blood clots from being broken down

Generic Name: aminocaproic acid

Brand Names: Amicar

What is this medicine?

AMINOCAPROIC ACID (a mee noe ka PROE ik AS id) slows down or stops blood clots from being broken down. This medicine helps to prevent or treat excessive bleeding.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood clotting problems
  • blood in urine
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aminocaproic acid, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • agents that dissolve blood clots

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • factor IX

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you take this medicine for a long time your doctor or health care professional will schedule tests to make sure the medicine is working properly.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • muscle aches or pains
  • problems with balance, talking, walking
  • ringing in the ears
  • seizure
  • sudden or severe pain in the chest, legs, head, or groin
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • unexplained weight gain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusual menstrual pain
  • unusually tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 11, 2009
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