Drug: Amicar (aminocaproic acid)

What is aminocaproic acid (Amicar)? Aminocaproic acid is a man-made form of a protein that occurs naturally in the body and helps the blood clot.Aminocaproic acid is used to treat bleeding episodes in people with certain medical conditions such as aplastic anemia (lack of blood cells and platelets), cirrhosis of the liver, placenta abruptio (early separation of the placenta in pregnancy), urinary bleeding, and certain types of cancer. Aminocaproic acid is also used to prevent bleeding after heart surgery or placement of a shunt near the liver to control high blood pressureAminocaproic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Amicar 500 mground, white, imprinted with LL, A 10Aminocaproic Acid 500 mg-VERround, white, imprinted with VP 045 featuredcontentslider.init({ id: "slider1", contentsource: ["inline", ""], toc: "#increment", nextprev: ["Prev", "Next"], revealtype: "click", enablefade: [true, 0.2], autorotate: [true, 100000], onChange: function(previndex, curindex){ } })

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What are the possible side effects of aminocaproic acid (Amicar)? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Stop using aminocaproic acid and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • sudden cough, rapid breathing, fast heart rate;
  • pain or swelling in one or both legs;
  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • slow heart rate, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out;
  • numbness or tingling in your arms or legs;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; or
  • confusion, hallucinations;
Less serious side effects may include:
  • mild muscle pain or weakness;
  • headache, tired feeling;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
  • (in men) decreased amount of semen when having an orgasm;
  • stuffy nose, watery eyes
  • vision problems, ringing in your ears; or
  • mild skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect aminocaproic acid (Amicar)? Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
  • factor IX complex(Bebulin VH, Konyne 80, Profilnine SD, Proplex T); or
  • anti-inhibitor coagulant complex (Autoplex, Feiba VH).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with aminocaproic acid. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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What happens if I overdose (Amicar)? Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.Overdose symptoms may include urinating less than usual, feeling light-headed, or fainting.

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