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Aminocaproic acid (By injection)

Aminocaproic Acid (a-mee-noe-ka-PROE-ik AS-id)

Used to control bleeding during or after surgery.

Brand Name(s):

Aminocaproic Acid Novaplus

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to aminocaproic acid.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how aminocaproic acid works. Tell your doctor if you are using a medicine to treat hemophilia, such as Factor IX, or activated prothrombin complex concentrate.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have hemophilia, anemia, other problems with your blood, or a history of heart, liver, or kidney disease.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy. Do not drive or do anything that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurry vision, changes in vision
  • Chest pain, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood
  • Confusion, weakness, muscle twitching
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate, dark urine, or blood in your urine
  • Slow or uneven heartbeat, dizziness
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild muscle pain, weakness, or fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Redness, pain, or swelling where the IV is given
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 6/16/2017
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