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Tranexamic Acid Tablets

Generic Name: Tranexamic Acid Tablets (TRAN ex AM ik AS id)
Brand Name: Lysteda

Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018.

Uses of Tranexamic Acid Tablets:

  • It is used to treat heavy bleeding during monthly periods (menstruation).
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Tranexamic Acid Tablets?

  • If you have an allergy to tranexamic acid or any other part of this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have a blood clot, have ever had a blood clot, or have been told you are at risk of getting a blood clot.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bleeding in the brain or trouble seeing some colors.
  • If you are taking any of these drugs: Factor IX complex or anti-inhibitor coagulant complex.
  • If you are using a hormone-based birth control.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Tranexamic Acid Tablets?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets) affects you.
  • Blood clots have happened with this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets). Tell your doctor if you have ever had a blood clot. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have an eye exam as you have been told by your doctor.
  • If you still have heavy periods (menstrual bleeding) after 2 cycles or if this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets) stops working, talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Tranexamic Acid Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food.
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • Do not take this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • Do not take if you do not have your period.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. Then take your next dose at least 6 hours later.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. 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, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Flushing.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Seizures.
  • Call your doctor right away if you have signs of a blood clot like chest pain or pressure; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; or trouble speaking or swallowing.

What are some other side effects of Tranexamic Acid Tablets?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Belly pain.
  • Back pain.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Nose stuffiness.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Feeling tired or weak.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Tranexamic Acid Tablets?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (tranexamic acid tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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