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Ranexa (Tranexamic acid) is used to treat heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle (monthly periods) in women. Tranexamic acid is in a class of medications called antifibrinolytics. It works to improve blood clotting. Ranolazine ER (Generic) is FDA approved and available for purchase.
Tranexamic acid comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken with or without food three times a day for up to 5 days during monthly menstruation. You should begin taking this medication each month when your period starts. Do not take tranexamic acid when you do not have a period. Take tranexamic acid at around the same times every day you are to receive a dose. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take tranexamic acid exactly as directed. Do not take tranexamic acid tablets for more than 5 days in a menstrual cycle or take more than 6 tablets in a 24 hour period of time. Swallow the tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. Tranexamic acid is used to decrease the amount of blood lost during your monthly period but does not stop menstrual bleeding. Call your doctor if your bleeding does not improve or gets worse during your treatment. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
Tranexamic acid may cause side effects including:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking tranexamic acid and call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
Tranexamic acid may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Why is Ranexa prescribed?
A: Ranexa (ranolazine) is used to treat chronic angina (chest pain)
Q: Does Ranexa work in case of an acute attack of angina?
A: No, Ranexa is not for use during an emergency attack
Q: Does Ranexa have a generic alternative?
A: Ranolazine ER (Generic) is FDA approved and available for purchase at a lower cost than the brand name.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Ranexa?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it, but then take your next dose at least 6 hours later. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than two tablets at a time to make up for a missed dose.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).