Generic Name: Aminocaproic Acid

  • What is Amicar?

    Amicar is a medicine used to control bleeding that occurs when blood clots are broken down too quickly (such as during or after heart surgery; in people who have certain bleeding disorders; prostate, lung, stomach, or cervical cancer; and in pregnant women when the placenta separates from the uterus before the baby is ready to be born). Amicar is also used to control bleeding in the urinary tract that may occur after prostate or kidney surgery. Amicar is available as a tablet and oral solution.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Amicar?

    Amicar can cause muscle weakness and injury if you take it for a long period of time. If you are on Amicar for a long period of time, your doctor will monitor for muscle injury.

  • Who should not take Amicar?

    Do not take Amicar if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or until the cause of your bleeding is determined.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Amicar?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Amicar. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of blood clotting, kidney or liver impairment, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Amicar?

    Take Amicar exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Amicar?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Amicar?

    If Amicar is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Amicar with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Amicar?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, allergic reactions, blood clots, blood disorders, confusion, decreased heart rate, decreased vision, diarrhea, dizziness, hallucinations, itching, low blood pressure, muscle weakness or pain, nausea, nose congestion, rash, ringing in the ears, seizures, shortness of breath, stroke, vomiting, watery eyes

  • Can I receive Amicar if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Amicar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Amicar?

    Amicar should be taken under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Amicar?

    Store at room temperature.