DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Tranexamic acid oral tablets

September 30, 2017

Tranexamic acid oral tablets

What is this medicine?

TRANEXAMIC ACID (TRAN ex AM ik AS id) slows down or stops blood clots from being broken down. This medicine is used to treat heavy monthly menstrual bleeding.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush, or chew this medicine. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Do not take this medicine until your period has started. Do not take it for more than 5 days in a row. Do not take this medicine when you do not have your period.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for female children as young as 12 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing difficulties

  • changes in vision

  • sudden or severe pain in the chest, legs, head, or groin

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain

  • headache

  • muscle or joint aches

  • sinus and nasal problems

  • stomach pain

  • tiredness

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • estrogens

  • birth control pills, patches, injections, rings or other devices that contain both an estrogen and a progestin

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • certain medicines used to help your blood clot

  • tretinoin (taken by mouth)

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it when you remember, and then take your next dose at least 6 hours later. Do not take more than 2 tablets at a time to make up for missed doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding in the brain

  • blood clotting problems

  • kidney disease

  • vision problems

  • an unusual allergic reaction to tranexamic acid, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if you notice any eye problems while taking this medicine. Your doctor will refer you to an eye doctor who will examine your eyes.

Updated:  

September 30, 2017