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  • Generic Name: (tranexamic acid)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 08/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Lysteda is a medicine used to treat heavy menstrual periods.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Lysteda works by slowing the breakdown of blood clots, thereby improving your condition.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Lysteda has been shown to lower the amount of blood lost during your monthly period by about one-third.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Lysteda exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in your symptoms once you start taking Lysteda. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions from time to time to assess how well this medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: headache, sinus and nasal symptoms, back pain, abdominal (stomach area) pain, muscle or joint pain, muscle cramps, migraine, low red blood cell counts, tiredness.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Allergic reactions, with symptoms such as shortness of breath.

      Lysteda may also cause eye changes or increase your risk of blood clots.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Lysteda if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not take Lysteda if you are using a form of birth control that contains estrogen and a progestin (such as certain birth control pills or a patch).

      Do not take Lysteda if you currently have a blood clot, have ever had a blood clot, or have been told you are at risk of having a blood clot.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lysteda. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if the time between the start of your periods is less than 21 days or more than 35 days, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Women: The recommended dose is two 650-milligram tablets three times a day for a maximum of 5 days during your menstrual period.

      If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Lysteda exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Lysteda without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Take Lysteda with or without meals.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not chew or break apart Lysteda tablets. Swallow Lysteda tablets whole.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Lysteda is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Lysteda with the following: birth control pills or other hormonal birth control, medicines used to break up blood clots, medicines used to help your blood clot, or tretinoin.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Lysteda during pregnancy are unknown. Lysteda is not for use in pregnant women. Lysteda can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Lysteda, take it as soon as you remember, and then take your next dose at least 6 hours later. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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