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All about: Amicar Syrup

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Generic Name: Aminocaproic Acid Syrup (a-mee-noe-ka-PROE-ik)
Brand Name: Amicar

Amicar Syrup is used for:

Preventing and treating severe bleeding in patients with medical conditions that cause blood clots to dissolve faster than normal and lead to severe bleeding, including hemophilia; aplastic anemia; lung, prostate, stomach and cervical cancer; cirrhosis; and certain complications of surgery.

Amicar Syrup is an antifibrinolytic. It works by blocking the breakdown of blood clots.

Do NOT use Amicar Syrup if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Amicar Syrup
  • you are experiencing blood clots

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Amicar Syrup:

Some medical conditions may interact with Amicar Syrup. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have upper urinary tract bleeding, kidney problems, liver problems, certain blood disorders (eg, hemophilia, uremia), blood clotting problems (active intravascular clotting), undiagnosed bleeding disorder, heart problems, or a history of seizures

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Amicar Syrup. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Factor IX complex concentrates or anti-inhibitor coagulant concentrates because the risk of blood clots may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Amicar Syrup may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Amicar Syrup:

Use Amicar Syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Amicar Syrup may be taken with or without food.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Amicar Syrup, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Amicar Syrup.

Important safety information:

  • Amicar Syrup may cause dizziness or changes in vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Amicar Syrup. Using Amicar Syrup alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • LAB TESTS, including creatine phosphokinase levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Amicar Syrup is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Amicar Syrup during pregnancy. It is unknown if Amicar Syrup is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast feeding while you are using Amicar Syrup, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Amicar Syrup:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Confusion; decreased vision; diarrhea; dizziness; fatigue or tiredness; general body discomfort; headache; lightheadedness; muscle aches or swelling; nausea; pain; ringing in the ears; stomach pain; stuffy nose; swelling; vomiting; watery eyes.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); delirium; fainting; fever; hallucinations; muscle pain or weakness; seizures; slow heartbeat; sore throat; stroke; sudden change in the amount of urine you are producing; swelling of ankles, feet, or hands; unusual bleeding or bruising.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; seizures; severe or unusual weakness; sudden change in amount of urine you produce.

Proper storage of Amicar Syrup:

Store Amicar Syrup at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Amicar Syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Amicar Syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Amicar Syrup is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Amicar Syrup. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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