IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

AMINOCAPROIC ACID - ORAL

(am-EE-no-kah-PRO-ick acid)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Amicar

USES: This medication is used to treat excessive bleeding caused by problems with the blood clotting system.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth exactly as directed. It is important to take each dose at the correct time for this to be most effective. This may be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. Do not skip any doses or take this more often than prescribed.

SIDE EFFECTS: Though usually well tolerated this drug may cause stomach upset, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, headache, dizziness or nasal stuffiness. If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: weakness, muscle aches, ringing in the ears, skin rash, mental confusion, seizures, persistent sore throat, unusual bleeding or bruising. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: difficulty breathing, fever, itching, swelling. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions, such as: heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, bleeding disorders, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Consult your doctor before using any medication while breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially: oral contraceptives, estrogens. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include convulsions.

NOTES: This medication is usually administered in the hospital so your condition can be monitored closely until bleeding is controlled.

MISSED DOSE: It is important to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered and contact your doctor who will help establish a new dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up unless directed to do so by your doctor.

STORAGE: Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

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