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Tranexamic Acid prescription

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Minime85 Wed 15-Mar-17 22:12:26

I have been prescribed Tranexamic acid for very heavy periods. I finally went to the doctor after years of this as they are getting worse with regular flooding and pain. I have been given tablets today and am due on over weekend. No one I know has had them in RL wondered if anyone could share experience on here? Reading leaflet but nervous but desperate to do something to improve it. Thank you in advance smile

citykat Wed 15-Mar-17 22:20:03

Love them. Makes big difference. Take a day or so b4 due, and for next couple of days. If I forget I quickly get reminded why I need to take them. No side effects for me. Good luck

CBW Wed 15-Mar-17 22:25:00

Brilliant. No side effects for me. Took them for a few years until menopause. Seemed the least extreme of the options on offer.

Collymollypuff Wed 15-Mar-17 22:26:30

I'm wondering about mentioning this to dd.

OvO Wed 15-Mar-17 22:31:19

I've only been taking it for 3 cycles and it's a wonder drug for me.

No side effects. MASSIVELY reduced blood loss. I can actually go about my life as normal when on my period now - no living like a hermit for 3-5 days a month. I haven't soaked through anything much less woken to a bloodbath.

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 16-Mar-17 06:23:30

Am glad the symptoms are being treated but its certainly in your interests to find out why this is happening as well.

Your GP should also refer you to a gynaecologist to determine exactly why you are flooding and having pain. Fibroids for instance can cause such heavy bleeding to arise.

Minime85 Thu 16-Mar-17 06:56:47

Thanks for all the replies. It has become really bad and I can't face it anymore. I've had lots of swabs and exams too to see what it is.

picklemepopcorn Thu 16-Mar-17 07:05:09

There is another thread right now with lots of experiences. I'll find out the title...

picklemepopcorn Thu 16-Mar-17 07:05:53

'Can you tell me your experience of using tranexamic acid please'.

Minime85 Thu 16-Mar-17 09:18:27

Thank you I'll have a look ...

Noodoodle Fri 17-Mar-17 11:15:11

I loved tranexamic! My gp gave then when I first started on the arm implant and kept bleeding for weeks on end. Virtually stopped my periods each time, was amazing. I just took one or two each time the bleeding was too long, they lasted ages. But then I saw a different gp who won't give me them as she said you're only supposed to have one "medication" and you can't use tranexamic with the implant...so stuck with lots of bleeding again.

But they were great for me and I'd use them again in a heartbeat!

Minime85 Fri 24-Mar-17 16:30:54

Hi looking for some more advice as I've taken them and amazing reduction in bleeding to point period seemed to have stopped on day 3 so didn't take any tablets. Today, day 4, still nothing and then suddenly this afternoon lots of cramps and bleeding again. Is this normal? I'm confused. Love the fact it is manageable now but equally does it mean my period will last for ages?!

NC500 Thu 01-Jun-17 09:51:11

I too have been prescribed TA recently. For the past few months This has been the pattern - a couple of days of spotting followed by then very heavy bursts of bright and clotty bleeding causing flooding (it feels horrible, like I am peeing myself) lasting up to 2.5 weeks sad last time. Cycles are roughly 42-49 days and they used to be between 29-35 and bleeds lasting 5-6 days which was a breeze compared to this confused

I have had blood tests (all fine) and an ultrasound and no cysts/polyps/fibroids were detected but I've opted for a hysteroscopy just to be thorough.

Now that I am on day 4 of light bleeding I'm wondering whether I should start taking the TA or wait til the bleeding gets heavier. My worry is that if i take it for the 4 days from today, the bleeding will stop temporarily, but then restart again after a couple of days? I was prescribed mefanemic acid too but I haven't been taking that because I don't really suffer with cramps/pp.

NC500 Thu 01-Jun-17 09:52:28

Did you restart taking the TA? How are you finding it?

Minime85 Thu 01-Jun-17 10:56:15

Hi I'm still on it but take it for the four days now from day I start bleeding, three times a day and it is still heavy but nothing like it was. I do find that it sorts of starts up again the day after the day I stop taking them but it is only light for a day.

PookieDo Thu 01-Jun-17 17:40:34

I always use it from when it gets heavy and its massively reduced my blood loss. I love it. I was told by a gynae I could use 3x a day for 5 days but often GP's say 3 days only

One month I had nothing but headaches so I stopped it early after 2 days but this didn't happen again last month

PookieDo Thu 01-Jun-17 17:42:13

If you take them too early on - so it's not very heavy - then I find that is when it can go a bit wonky with bleeding afterwards. You kind of do need to wait for the heavy bit to kick in before starting them.
They will make you lose clots instead of free running blood which is a bit weird

Minime85 Thu 01-Jun-17 22:10:25

Pookie I've noticed a headache on the first day of taking them too. Yes agree much more clot like. I've had no flooding or that gushing feeling when I stand up since started taking them

Groovee Thu 01-Jun-17 22:11:25

I found the first 2 doses took a while to kick in, so by the time I was home things were easing but not while I was at work.

SuperPug Thu 01-Jun-17 22:14:57

They work.
But take them 1/2 days before and sometimes your period may be slightly longer than usual but lighter.
You can buy them at Boots without going to the doctor as well, they sell their own brand.

PookieDo Thu 01-Jun-17 23:12:49

I wasn't sure if the TA was causing headache but stopping helped! I was upset that I might be reacting badly but the next time I didn't. I ought to only have one more period before an ablation.... fingers crossed!

SwearyBerry Thu 01-Jun-17 23:26:55

I found them brilliant, but there was something about taking them that made me uncomfortable (regular doses of drugs, just didn't sit right). An acupuncturist taught me to use moxa sticks (large crayon shaped rod of compressed died herbs) that I burn and use to heat an acupuncture point on my toe. Sounds a bit whacky, but have the same effect as the TA (or my abnormally heavy periods slow down and stop - miracle!)
I'd definitely try acupuncturist/ traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

userofthiswebsite Thu 01-Jun-17 23:28:35

Had them years ago, they were pretty effective. Don't need them so much now

PatMustardsMoustache Fri 02-Jun-17 09:19:44

I took mine to early this month, bled for and extra couple of days. As pp's have said, take when it's heavy and it has the optimum results. They are an abosulute god send.

Minime85 Sun 04-Jun-17 10:30:14

Does anyone else find it upsets your stomach?

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