Understanding Tafixyl Injection

Tafixyl is a medication given by injection into the vein that contains the active ingredient tranexamic acid. It works to prevent or treat bleeding by supporting normal blood clotting.

What Conditions is Tafixyl Injection Used For?

Tafixyl injection can be used to:

  • Treat heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Stop bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Control hemorrhagic urinary issues after prostate or urinary tract surgery
  • Prevent blood loss during surgeries of the ear/nose/throat, heart, abdomen, or pelvis
  • Manage bleeding after treatment with clot-busting (thrombolytic) medication

By supporting blood clotting and curbing uncontrolled bleeding, Tafixyl helps in a variety of medical situations.

How Does Tafixyl Injection Work?

  • Tafixyl contains tranexamic acid, which belongs to a class of medications called antifibrinolytic agents.
  • It works by blocking the breakdown of fibrin blood clots. This helps stabilize clots and control bleeding.
  • Less blood loss allows the body to maintain adequate circulation and prevent complications from hemorrhage.

Who Should Not Use Tafixyl Injection?

You should not take Tafixyl if:

  • You have had an allergic reaction to tranexamic acid or the other ingredients in Tafixyl in the past
  • You currently have a condition with increased risk for developing blood clots
  • You have severe kidney dysfunction
  • You have a history of experiencing seizures

Tafixyl is also generally not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Your doctor can advise if use is appropriate based on your specific situation.

Warnings to Discuss with Your Doctor First

  • Inform your doctor if you have any of the following, as precautions may need to be taken:
    • Blood in your urine
    • Risk factors for blood clots
    • Bleeding disorders
    • History of seizures
    • Long-term planned use of Tafixyl (periodic eye exams may be needed)

How Tafixyl Injection is Administered

  • Tafixyl injection is given intravenously, meaning into your vein, by a healthcare professional.
  • Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose based on factors like your age, weight, and medical condition.
  • The injection will be given slowly to avoid risks like precipitous drop in blood pressure.
  • Treatment duration depends on control of bleeding and clinical situation. Discuss with your care provider.

Side Effects of Tafixyl Injection

  • Common side effects:
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Stomach upset
  • Less common side effects:
    • Skin rash
    • Low blood pressure
    • Blood clots
    • Seizures
    • Vision changes
    • Allergic reaction

Seeking prompt medical care is vital if worrisome side effects develop. Let your doctor know about any persistent or troublesome reactions.

Storing Tafixyl Injection

Tafixyl ampules need refrigerated storage. Keep out of reach of children. The expiry date is printed on the packaging – do not use if expired. Properly dispose of unneeded medication.

Common Searches and Questions

Is Tafixyl used for heavy periods?

Yes, Tafixyl injection can help treat heavy menstrual bleeding when used under medical guidance.

Can you take tranexamic acid long term?

Long-term tranexamic acid use can possibly lead to eye issues, so ophthalmologic monitoring is recommended. Discuss risks vs benefits with your doctor.

How does tranexamic acid stop bleeding?

It works by preventing the breakdown of fibrin blood clots, which helps stabilize clots and control bleeding episodes.

What are the alternatives to tranexamic acid?

Other options your doctor might consider include hormonal birth control, desmopressin, antifibrinolytics, NSAIDs, clotting factors, etc – depending on the cause of bleeding.

Can tranexamic acid cause blood clots?

While rare, blood clot formation is a potential side effect. Contraindications exist for those already at high clotting risk. Monitoring for signs of clots is recommended.

Is tranexamic acid safe while breastfeeding?

Tranexamic acid does transfer into breastmilk to some degree, sobreastfeeding is not recommended while taking this medication. Thoroughly discuss your options with your healthcare provider.

How is tranexamic acid administered?

The only approved administration route for Tafixyl is slow intravenous injection given into the vein by a doctor or nurse. Intramuscular injection should not be attempted.

How long does tranexamic take to work?

The onset of action is generally around 2 hours from IV administration. Time to peak effect is about 3 hours. Duration of action is approximately 8 hours.

What should I avoid while using tranexamic acid?

Avoid OTC medications that can increase bleeding risk, like NSAIDs. Use caution with anticoagulants or antiplatelets. Avoid driving or hazardous activities until any side effects are known.