Amicar - Aminocaproic Acid (Intravenous Route)

    Amicar – Aminocaproic Acid (Intravenous Route)

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    Description and Brand Names of Amicar – Aminocaproic Acid (Intravenous Route)

    US Brand Name

    1. Amicar

    Descriptions

    Aminocaproic acid injection 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. This medicine is also sometimes given before an operation to prevent serious bleeding for patients with medical problems that increase the chance of bleeding.

    This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.

    This product is available in the following dosage forms:

    • Solution

    Before Using Amicar – Aminocaproic Acid (Intravenous Route)

    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 this medicine, the following should be considered:

    Allergies

    Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine 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.

    Pediatric

    Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of aminocaproic acid injection in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

    Geriatric

    No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of aminocaproic acid injection in geriatric patients.

    Pregnancy

    Breastfeeding

    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.

    Drug Interactions

    Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are receiving this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

    Using this medicine 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.

    • Anti-Inhibitor Coagulant Complex
    • Tretinoin

    Other Interactions

    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.

    Other Medical Problems

    The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

    • Blood clots, active or
    • Disseminated intravascular coagulation or DIC (blood clotting problem) – Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
    • Blood clots, history of or
    • Hematuria (blood in the urine) – Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
    • Kidney disease – The effects of this medicine may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.

    Proper Use of Amicar – Aminocaproic Acid (Intravenous Route)

    A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine in a hospital. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins. The medicine must be injected slowly, so your IV tube will need to stay in place for about 30 to 60 minutes.

    Precautions

    It is very important that your doctor check your progress while you are using this medicine. Blood tests may be needed to see if the medicine is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.

    Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.

    Side Effects of Amicar – Aminocaproic Acid (Intravenous Route)

    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 or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

    Incidence not known

    1. Anxiety
    2. black, tarry stools
    3. bleeding gums
    4. bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
    5. blood in the urine or stools
    6. blurred vision
    7. break in the skin, especially associated with blue-black discoloration, swelling, or drainage of fluid
    8. change in the ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
    9. chest pain or discomfort
    10. chills
    11. confusion
    12. cough or hoarseness
    13. dark-colored urine
    14. decreased frequency or amount of urine
    15. difficult or labored breathing
    16. difficulty with moving
    17. difficulty with speaking
    18. difficulty with swallowing
    19. dizziness or lightheadedness
    20. dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
    21. double vision
    22. fainting
    23. fast heartbeat
    24. fever with or without chills
    25. general feeling of discomfort or illness
    26. general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    27. headache
    28. hives
    29. inability to move arms, legs, or facial muscles inability to speak
    30. increased thirst
    31. itching of the skin
    32. joint pain
    33. loss of appetite
    34. lower back or side pain
    35. muscle aching or cramping
    36. muscle cramps or spasms
    37. muscle pain or stiffness
    38. muscular pain, tenderness, wasting, or weakness
    39. nausea and vomiting
    40. numbness and tingling of the face, fingers, or toes
    41. pain in the arms, legs, or lower back, especially pain in the calves or heels upon exertion
    42. painful or difficult urination
    43. pale, bluish-colored, or cold hands or feet
    44. pinpoint red spots on the skin
    45. problems with bleeding or clotting
    46. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    47. shortness of breath
    48. skin rash
    49. slow or irregular heartbeat
    50. slow speech
    51. sore throat
    52. sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    53. sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
    54. sweating
    55. swelling
    56. swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
    57. swollen glands
    58. swollen joints
    59. tenderness, pain, swelling, warmth, skin discoloration, and prominent superficial veins over the affected area
    60. tightness in the chest
    61. troubled breathing
    62. unusual bleeding or bruising
    63. unusual tiredness or weakness
    64. vomiting
    65. weak or absent pulses in the legs
    66. weight gain
    67. wheezing

    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

    1. Abdominal or stomach pain
    2. confusion as to time, place, or person
    3. continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
    4. decreased vision
    5. diarrhea
    6. ejaculation without semen
    7. hearing loss
    8. holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
    9. mood or mental changes
    10. seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
    11. stuffy nose
    12. unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
    13. watery eyes

    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.