Trasylol is a prescription medication that is used to help lessen the loss of blood during heart surgery. Trasylol is referred to as a protease inhibitor. This drug can greatly reduce the inflammation caused by cardiopulmonary bypass surgery.

Warnings about Trasylol

Trasylol should not be taken by those who are allergic to it. If a patient has taken this drug, he or she should not take it again for at least twelve months.

Before Taking this Drug

Patients who are pregnant or nursing or who have kidney problems, allergies to food or medicine or have previously had heart surgery may not respond well to Trasylol. A doctor should be informed if the patient is taking any other medications or herbal or dietary supplements.

Trasylol does not react well with several medications including aminoglycosides and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. Trasylol may make the aforesaid medications less effective and may even cause kidney damage.

How to Take Trasylol

The patient must take Trasylol exactly as his or her doctor directs. There is extra patient information that always comes with the medicine. The patient must make sure to carefully read all information and to get any questions answered.

Trasylol is usually administered in a medical setting as an intravenous injection. The patient should contact his or her doctor immediately if a dose of Trasylol is accidentally missed.

The patient will most likely have to undergo several tests, such as blood clotting and kidney function tests, while he or she is taking Trasylol. These tests will help the doctor monitor how the patient is responding and can help determine if the drug is having any adverse effects.

Trasylol is not recommended for children because its safety has not yet been determined. Women who are nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant should speak to a doctor about whether or not it is safe to continue using this drug.

Side Effects of Trasylol

Like all medicines, Trasylol may cause mild to severe side effects. Thankfully, many people do not experience any side effects or, if they do, they are quite mild. The most common side effects of this drug include intestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea, infections, dizziness, sleeping problems, and difficulty urinating. If these side effects persist, the patient should speak to a doctor.

Trasylol may cause more severe side effects such as allergic reactions. Signs of an allergic reaction to Trasylol include hives, airway constriction, and swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth, or face. Trasylol may also cause chest pains and asthma.

Other more serious side effects of Trasylol include changes in heart rates, swelling of the legs, hands, and feet, weakness or numbness on one side of the body, severe headaches, sensory impairment, fainting, and severe nausea and vomiting. Although it is very rare, Trasylol may also cause lung disorders and sudden, unexplainable weight gain.

If the patient experiences any of the aforesaid side effects he or she should seek medical help right away.