Medication Information Leaflet
Tranexamic acid is used to prevent or reduce excessive bleeding for a short period of time in many different conditions such as heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) or in those with certain disorders like haemophilia ( a rare bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly).
This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as anti-fibrinolytics, which prevents blood clots from breaking down and hence, reduces the amount of blood lost.
You may take this medication with or without food. However, if you experience stomach discomfort when taking the medication, you should take it after food.
If you are taking tranexamic acid for heavy menstrual bleeding, do not start taking the medicine until your menses have started.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
You have a history of or current medical conditions such as blood clots in your legs, arteries, lungs or anywhere else in your body, stroke, seizures (fits), or problems with your kidney.
Common side effects include:
Take it after food to minimise these side effects.
Most of these side effects will get better or go away as your body gets used to the medication.
Inform your doctor if the side effects above become severe and bothersome.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
Very rarely, this medication may cause:
Changes in eyesight e.g. blurred vision, changes in colour vision.
Tenderness or swelling in one leg, sudden breathlessness, or loss of feeling down one side of the body.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Some medications might interact with this medication. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you want to take/give any other medicines, supplements or herbal products.
If you see another doctor, inform him that you are taking this medication before he prescribes any other medications.
Store in a cool and dry place, away from direct heat and sunlight. Keep this medication away from children.
This article was last reviewed on
Thursday, May 20, 2021
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