Tranexamic acid is utilized for the treatment of heavy bleeding during menstrual cycles in women. It is classified as an antifibrinolytic medication and operates by enhancing blood clotting.
Uses and Dosage
Tranexamic acid is administered orally in the form of tablets. The medication is typically taken three times daily during menstruation, for up to five days, with or without food.
Start taking the medication each month when your period begins, and do not take it outside of your menstrual cycle. Dosages should be taken at consistent times each day. Follow the prescription label instructions carefully and to consult with your doctor or pharmacist if any directions are unclear. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment.
Tablets should be swallowed whole and not split, chewed, or crushed.
Tranexamic acid belongs to the antifibrinolytic class of drugs, and works by improving blood clotting. While it can reduce the amount of blood lost during menstruation, it does not completely halt menstrual bleeding.
Contact your doctor if you experience no improvement or worsening of your bleeding during treatment.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- sinus pain
- back pain
- stomach pain
- bone, joint, or muscle pain
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- changes in vision, including color vision
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- leg pain, swelling, tenderness, redness, or warmth
Prior to taking tranexamic acid, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. This medication may contain inactive components that can result in allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this drug, inform your doctor or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have had bleeding in the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage), a history of blood clots, certain heart conditions (irregular heartbeat, heart valve problems), blood clotting disorders, kidney problems, or irregular menstrual bleeding of unknown origin.
This medication is generally administered during your menstrual cycle and is unlikely to be used during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, this medication should only be used when it is clearly necessary.
This drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Lysteda is available in the following forms and strengths:
Does Lysteda cause weight gain?
Weight gain isn’t a common side effect of Lysteda.
Can I drink alcohol with Lysteda?
It’s OK to drink alcohol with Lysteda.