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Antifibrinolytic agents can be taken in pill or liquid form, or given as an injection into the vein (intravenously).
Von Willebrand's disease is a bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly. Antifibrinolytic agents help prevent blood clots from breaking down in certain areas of the body. These medicines specifically target the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract.
Doctors usually use antifibrinolytic agents to treat nosebleeds and to prevent bleeding in the mouth during dental surgery. They may also use these medicines in combination with desmopressin and plasma replacement therapies during minor and major surgery.
Antifibrinolytic agents can help prevent or control mild bleeding in the mouth or nose.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Call your doctor right away if you suddenly have symptoms of a blood clot, such as:
Side effects of this medicine are not common but may include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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