Cyklokapron is an antifibrinolytic medication. The active component in Cyklokapron is tranexamic acid. Cyklokapron is available in injection form.
How it works
Blood clots are a result of the binding together of platelets and red blood cells. They are held together by a substance known as fibrin. Once bleeding in the body has subsided, another component called plasmin is released. This is used to dissolve the fibrin, causing the blood clots to break apart. Cyklokapron blocks the enzyme that produces plasmin. As a result, the blood clots remain for longer, resulting in less bleeding.
Cyklokapron is used for a variety of conditions and instances. It can be used to stem the bleeding during or after surgery. It can also minimize the bleeding issues with individuals have decreased clotting function. Cyklokapron may also be given to individuals diagnosed with hereditary angioneurotic edema. Cyklokapron may be administered to women with heavy menstrual flow.
The precise amount of Cyklokapron that should be given to you needs to be decided by a doctor. Therefore, you will first need to have a medical check-up by a licensed and trained individual. As Cyklokapron is involved with clotting, it is imperative that you are careful about the amounts that you are using. You should never deviate from the dose that has been given to you by a clinician.
If you feel as though the Cyklokapron is not having the appropriate response, inform your doctor immediately. Do not make any changes yourself and wait for instructions instead. You should also not miss any doses and continue treatment as directed. If you do happen to miss a dose, you should call your clinician to find out what you should do next.
Patients who are experiencing renal impairment will have to undergo different doses than normal.
In most instances, the Cyklokapron is given at hospitals or other medical centers by trained medical individuals. If you will be doing so by yourself at home, you will need to know the proper procedure. If you are encountering any difficulty, you should have a professional do it for you.
There may be certain adverse reactions to taking Cyklokapron. These may include but are not limited to:
Stomach or abdominal pain
Problems with moving
Skin becoming pale
Difficulty with breathing after exerting yourself
Bruising or bleeding that is not normal
Changes in vision
If any of these or other issues manifest, it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately.
In the following instances, it will be quite dangerous to use Cyklokapron and therefore should not be used:
Allergies to any of the ingredients of Cyklokapron
Have blood clots or have been diagnosed with medical conditions that may cause blood clots
Bleeding in the brain or the kidneys, especially if there is blood in the urine
Fluctuations in color vision
Uncertainties regarding cause of irregular menstrual bleeding
Taking birth control that consists of either progestin or estrogen
Medications that aid with blood clotting
You should tell a general practitioner if you have an irregular or unusual menstrual cycle.
It is not known whether Cyklokapron is safe for pregnant women and therefore you will need to clarify this with a doctor.
Cyklokapron has been found to pass through breast milk and into the children.