What should I know before taking this drug
Aminocaproic acid is a prescription available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Aminocaproic acid is pronounced as: a-mee-noe-ka-PROE-ik a-sid
Aminocaproic acid is an anti fibrinolytic drug which prevents the severe bleeding.
Aminocaproic acid is used in
- Prevention & treatment of severe bleeding following surgeries,
- In haemophiliac patients before dental extraction
- Take aminocaproic acid exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
- Take aminocaproic acid preferably with meals to avoid stomach upset, at regular intervals with one glass of water.
- Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor.
- Do not skip doses or stop taking aminocaproic acid without consulting your doctor.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like,
- Oral contraceptive pills
- anti-inhibitor coagulant complex
- Factor IX complex
- Estrogen preparations
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions, as aminocaproic acid should be used cautiously in these conditions
When not to take aminocaproic acid
- Undiagnosed bleeding disorder
- Bleeding due to Dissemination intravascular coagulation (DIC)
- Urinary tract bleeding
- bleeding disorder like Hemophilia
- Liver or renal disease
- history of cardiac illness
Do not use aminocaproic acid if you are hypersensitive to it or you have blood clot problem.
Pregnant woman: Aminocaproic acid belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that aminocaproic acid may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether aminocaproic acid passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take aminocaproic acid with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Aminocaproic acid can cause giddiness as side effect. Therefore when affected do not drive or operate heavy machinery. Avoid alcohol intake as it may increase giddiness.
Aminocaproic acid is available in the form of tablets and injection.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of aminocaproic acid are
- Decrease in the amount of urine or no urine at all
Aminocaproic acid may cause following side effects
- Ringing sensation in ears(tinnitus)
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc
- Decrease in the amount of urine passed or no urine at all
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Severe headache, confusion, giddiness
Store aminocaproic acid at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
- Regular monitoring of your complete blood cell counts, creatinine phosphokinase levels (CPK) is required after starting aminocaproic acid to monitor possible side effects.
- Consult your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual bleeding form in spite of taking medication.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last Updated: july 14, 2011