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Aminocaproic acid solution

Generic Name: aminocaproic acid (a-mee-noe-ka-PROE-ik)
Brand Name: Generics only. No brands available.

Aminocaproic acid solution is used for:

Preventing and treating severe bleeding in patients with medical conditions that cause blood clots to dissolve faster than normal, which may lead to severe bleeding. These conditions include the following: hemophilia; aplastic anemia; lung, prostate, cervical, and stomach cancer; cirrhosis; and certain complications of surgery.

Aminocaproic acid solution is an antifibrinolytic. It works by blocking the breakdown of blood clots.

Do NOT use aminocaproic acid solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in aminocaproic acid solution
  • you have blood clots

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using aminocaproic acid solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with aminocaproic acid solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have upper urinary tract bleeding, kidney problems, liver problems, certain blood disorders (eg, hemophilia, uremia), blood-clotting problems (active intravascular clotting), an undiagnosed bleeding disorder, heart problems, or a history of seizures

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with aminocaproic acid solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Factor IX complex concentrates or anti-inhibitor coagulant concentrates because the risk of blood clots may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if aminocaproic acid solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use aminocaproic acid solution:

Use aminocaproic acid solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Aminocaproic acid solution is usually administered as an infusion at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using aminocaproic acid solution at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If aminocaproic acid solution contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of aminocaproic acid solution, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use aminocaproic acid solution.

Important safety information:

  • Aminocaproic acid solution may cause dizziness or changes in vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to aminocaproic acid solution. Using aminocaproic acid solution alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Aminocaproic acid solution contains benzyl alcohol. Use of benzyl alcohol in premature or newborn infants may cause a fatal reaction known as "gasping syndrome." Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • LAB TESTS, including creatine phosphokinase levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Aminocaproic acid solution is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 18 years of age, especially infants. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using aminocaproic acid solution during pregnancy. It is unknown if aminocaproic acid solution is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast feeding while you are using aminocaproic acid solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of aminocaproic acid solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Confusion; decreased vision; diarrhea; dizziness; fatigue or tiredness; general body discomfort; headache; injection site reaction (pain, redness, or swelling); lightheadedness; muscle aches; nausea; pain; ringing in the ears; stomach pain; stuffy nose; swelling; vomiting; watery eyes.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); delirium; fainting; fever; hallucinations; muscle pain or weakness; seizures; slow heartbeat; sore throat; stroke; sudden change in the amount of urine; swelling of ankles, feet, or hands; unusual bleeding or bruising.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; seizures; severe or unusual weakness; sudden change in amount of urine produced.

Proper storage of aminocaproic acid solution:

Store aminocaproic acid solution at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep aminocaproic acid solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about aminocaproic acid solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Aminocaproic acid solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take aminocaproic acid solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about aminocaproic acid solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to aminocaproic acid solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using aminocaproic acid solution.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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