Amicar

(aminocaproic acid)

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Prevents and reduces bleeding.

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Amicar (aminocaproic acid) is one of the few oral medicines that you can take to prevent unnecessary bleeding if you're undergoing surgery and at high risk for bleeds.

Quick facts about Amicar
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (aminocaproic acid)

Upsides

  • One of only two medicines available as a pill to prevent bleeding episodes.
  • It has very few side-effects as long as you follow the regimen prescribed for you.
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Downsides

  • The pill or liquid formulation won't work quickly enough to stop any episodes of heavy bleeding.
  • Both brand and generic versions are very expensive.
  • Has to be taken multiple times daily so it may not be convenient if you have to take it for a long period of time.
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How it works

Amicar (aminocaproic acid) promotes the formation of blood clots during bleeding episodes.

Quick facts about Amicar
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (aminocaproic acid)

Used for

  • Reduction or prevention of bleeding related to surgery

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Amicar (aminocaproic acid) for Bleeding

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blood clot
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Side effect rates for Amicar (aminocaproic acid)

Risks and Warnings for Amicar (aminocaproic acid)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Blood in urine
    • Upper urinary tract bleeding

    Rarely, Amicar (aminocaproic acid) can cause blockage in the kidneys, especially when used to treat bleeding of the urinary tract. Signs may include extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, weight gain, swelling or extreme nausea and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help right away.

Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

This medication reduces bleeding associated with fibrinolysis, a process that keeps blood from clotting.

Who is this drug for?

This medication reduces bleeding associated with fibrinolysis, a process that keeps blood from clotting.

Common concerns from people taking Amicar (aminocaproic acid)

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  • Rarely, Amicar (aminocaproic acid) can cause muscle breakdown. Symptoms of muscle pain and weakness can range from mild to severe. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
  • You can take Amicar (aminocaproic acid) with or without food.