aminocaproic acid (generic name)

Amicar (brand name)

It slows down or stops blood clots from being broken down
(a mee noe ka PROE ik AS id)
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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?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

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

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

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?

Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive this medicine.

If you have any eye problems while taking this medicine, visit your eye doctor for an eye exam.

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
  • chest pain
  • muscle aches or pains
  • problems with balance, talking, walking
  • ringing in the ears
  • seizure
  • 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?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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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