Aminocaproic acid is a man-made form of a protein that occurs naturally in the body and helps the blood clot. Aminocaproic acid is used to treat bleeding episodes in people with certain medical conditions such as aplastic anemia (lack of blood cells and platelets), cirrhosis of the liver, placenta abruptio (early separation of the placenta in pregnancy), urinary bleeding, and certain types of cancer. Aminocaproic acid is also used to prevent bleeding after heart surgery or placement of a shunt near the liver to control high blood pressure Aminocaproic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Amicar is an oral drug that is used to treat severe bleeding by enhancing hemostasis that prevents fibrinolysis. It maintains blood clotting at the bleeding spot enhancing the healing process. Amicar can be taken orally or intravenously. This bleeding can be characterized by complications arising from surgeries like heart and dental surgery. In cases where a lot of blood has been lost, transfusion is always considered to replenish. However, before Amicar is prescribed, the cause of the bleeding should be clearly first established. There must be a certainty as to whether fibrinolysis is the cause of the bleeding or disseminated intravascular coagulation.