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Oral tranexamic acid is a prescription medication that treats heavy menstrual bleeding by inhibiting the breakdown of blood clots. It is the first nonhormonal drug approved for this use in the United States. Available as a tablet, it is taken three times a day for up to five days during your period. Possible side effects of this medicine include back pain, headache, and nasal symptoms.

What Is Oral Tranexamic Acid?

Oral tranexamic acid (Lysteda™) is a prescription medication approved to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. It is the first nonhormonal medication approved for this use in the United States.
(Click What Is Oral Tranexamic Acid Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, oral tranexamic acid can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects seen with oral tranexamic acid include but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Oral Tranexamic Acid to learn more, including potentially serious problems you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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