Amicar® (epsilon aminocaproic acid) and Cyklokapron® (tranexamic acid)
Amicar® and Cyklokapron® are drugs that prevent a fibrin clot from breaking down. They do not help the body form a clot. These drugs stop one of the body’s enzymes, plasmin, from dissolving the clot. They keep the clot in place after it has already been made.
Amicar® can be taken by mouth as a pill or as a flavored syrup. It is also available as a solution to be injected into a vein. Cyklokapron® is only available as a solution to be injected.
These drugs are useful when you have bleeding in your mouth. Your saliva (spit) will break down a clot. Amicar® and Cyklokapron® can stop this from happening. Take these drugs exactly as your doctor orders. If you skip a dose or stop taking them too soon, you can start bleeding again.
Do not use Amicar® if you have blood in your urine. It can make you have clots in your kidneys which will damage them.