FDA ALERT [2/2006] A new study suggests that Trasylol may increase the chance for serious side effects such as kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke in some patients.

Another new study suggests that Trasylol may increase the chance for kidney failure.

These side effects have not been seen in other studies with Trasylol.

The FDA is looking at the results from these two new studies and will provide more information as it becomes known.

This information reflects FDAâEUR(TM)s preliminary analysis of data concerning this drug. FDA is considering, but has not reached a final conclusion about, this information. FDA intends to update this sheet when additional information or analyses become available.

This is a summary of the most important information about Trasylol. For details, talk to your healthcare professional.
What Is Trasylol?

Trasylol is a medicine given before heart surgery to reduce bleeding and the need for blood transfusions. Trasylol is made from tissue taken from cows.

What Are The Risks?

The following are the major potential risks and side effects of Trasylol therapy. However, this list is not complete.

Serious Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Reaction) This is a rare but serious allergic reaction that happens suddenly and can be life threatening or cause death. Patients who have had Trasylol in the past have a higher chance for anaphylactic reactions with a new dose of Trasylol.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Professional?

If you are scheduled to have heart surgery, ask your doctor if he or she intends to use Trasylol. Tell your healthcare professional if you:

* Have had Trasylol in the past

* Have had heart surgery

* Are allergic to any medicines

* Have kidney disease

* Are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding

* Are taking other medicines. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.