XP12B-MR Becomes Lysteda: A PIll For Heavy Menstrual Periods

Are your periods unbearably heavy? Don't want to take hormones, or maybe taking hormones or birth control pills to control the periods, but they still have you wondering if it's really possible to consume enough iron pills to keep up with the bleeding. Are you thinking of a change in therapy? There might be a solution for you: tranexamic acid just got given a name: LYSTEDA™ (tranexamic acid). It is a new medicine that specifically indicated for the treatment of cyclic heavy menstrual bleeding.  LYSTEDA, just hit the pharmacy shelves this past week, and physicians were just educated on this product at the 2010 American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology held at the Moscone Center in San Franscisco. Before treating heavy bleeding, women do need to have a diagnosis, and make sure there aren't other conditions to treat. Pelvic exams, ultrasounds, and uterine biopsies may need to be done to work this out. Not everyone can safely use the medicine. If you have a blood clot, or have had one the medicine can be a problem.

Doctors do not prescribe LYSTEDA at the same time as birth control pills because as it's mechanism of action is to promote the clot in the lining of the uterus so it will stop bleeding iif given together we woryy  may exacerbate the increased thrombotic risk (blood clots, stroke, and myocardial infarction) associated with combination hormonal contraceptives.

The most common adverse reactions in clinical trials (>5%) as reported on the LYSTEDA website were: headache, sinus and nasal symptoms, back pain, abdominal pain, musculoskeletal pain, arthralgia, muscle cramps and spasms, migraine, anemia and fatigue.

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