Aminocaproic acid

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Generic Name: Aminocaproic acid Brand Name(s): Aminocaproic acid.

Uses

What is aminocaproic acid used for?

Aminocaproic acid is commonly used for treating or preventing bleeding.

How should I take aminocaproic acid?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Take with or without food.

How do I store aminocaproic acid?

Aminocaproic acid is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store aminocaproic acid in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of aminocaproic acid that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush aminocaproic acid down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using aminocaproic acid?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of aminocaproic acid or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have blood clots.
  • You are taking any of these drugs: Factor IX complex or anti-inhibitor coagulant complex.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.

This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine (aminocaproic acid tablets).

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using aminocaproic acid during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking aminocaproic acid. Aminocaproic acid is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from aminocaproic acid?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Slow heartbeat.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Muscle pain or weakness.
  • Swelling.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Feeling confused.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • Chest pain.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Belly pain.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Dizziness
  • Nose stuffiness.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with aminocaproic acid?

Aminocaproic acid may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with aminocaproic acid?

Aminocaproic acid may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with aminocaproic acid?

Aminocaproic acid may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using aminocaproic acid.

What is the dose of aminocaproic acid for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Fibrinolytic Bleeding

IV: 4 to 5 g IV infusion during the first hour of treatment, followed by a continuous infusion of 1 g/hour.

Oral: 5 g orally during the first hour of treatment, followed by a continuous rate of 1 g/hour (tablets) or 1.25 g/hour (oral solution).

Duration of therapy: Usually continued for about 8 hours or until bleeding controlled.

Use: To enhance hemostasis when fibrinolysis contributes to bleeding.

What is the dose of aminocaproic acid for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is aminocaproic acid available?

Aminocaproic acid is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet
  • IV infusion

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of aminocaproic acid, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 4, 2017 | Last Modified: October 4, 2017

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